Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pasta with Peperonata, Summer Squash, and Fresh Mozzarella

This is a quick and easy pasta dish that works well for a weeknight dinner.  The original recipe uses store-bought peperonata, which would definitely make this dish possible to fix up in the time it takes pasta to cook.  But, we found the peperonata was easy to make ourselves (and cheaper), and we were able to add in some summer squash for extra color and flavor.

We also substituted the burrata in the original recipe with regular fresh mozzarella - while I'm sure the fancier mozzarella in the original recipe would have been excellent, I thought the substitution worked well since we didn't have access to the cheese that was called for.  The only thing I would change about this recipe as we made it would be to add a bit more moisture to the dish - the original recipe called for drizzling it with a bit of olive oil, which I just completely forgot to do.  Adding some pasta water would probably also do the trick. 

Pasta with Peperonata, Summer Squash, and Fresh Mozzarella (adapted from The Wright Recipes and Epicurious)

1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 fresh rosemary sprig, leaves finely chopped
1 medium yellow summer squash, sliced
1 T balsamic vinegar
12 ounces dried pasta
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
Salt and pepper

1. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions, bell peppers and rosemary and saut√© until onions and bell pepper are very tender, stirring occasionally. About 10 minutes before the bell peppers are done, add the summer squash to the pan and stir to combine.  Total cooking time should be about 40 minutes.  Off the heat, mix in the vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
2. Meanwhile,cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente.  Drain, and add the cooked veggies.  Toss to combine, and add a bit of olive oil or pasta water if needed.  Serve topped with the mozzarella cheese, salt, and pepper.

I'm sending this recipe off to Kitchen Bootcamp: Vegetables.


  1. simplicity in one plate, sometimes it is the best.

  2. That looks like a lovely dish! Thanks for submitting it for this month's Kitchen Bootcamp challenge!

  3. This sounds like one tasty pasta dish! I love all of the fresh flavors in it!

  4. gotta love fresh mozzarella!! what a flavorful pasta dish!

  5. What a beautiful dish! Thanks so much for submitting it for this month's Kitchen Bootcamp challenge!