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Zucchini, Walnut + Ricotta Cheese Penne Pasta |LocalSavour.com

Zucchini, Walnut + Ricotta Cheese Penne Pasta ~ It’s officially summer. School is out, the kids are home, and that means filling up the days with water-y fun and summer-y activities … so who has time to cook? I try not to turn my oven on as much as possible during these blistery hot days and one can only eat so many salads. One of my go-to summer dishes are pasta meals not only because they can be fairly quick, easy, and healthy, but also because most often they can be served hot or cold. Thus meaning, they can be packed up to bring to our next pool or beach outing for the day. Get your beach bag ready and make this easy pasta meal.

Zucchini, Walnut + Ricotta Cheese Penne Pasta |LocalSavour.com

Then, grab your sunscreen and your Zucchini, Walnut + Ricotta Cheese Penne Pasta.

Watch me put together this recipe on KXAN’s Studio 512 with the always lovely hostess with the mostess Amanda Tatom.

Zucchini, Walnut + Ricotta Cheese Penne Pasta |LocalSavour.com

Or just eat this in the air conditioned comfort of your kitchen.

Zucchini, Walnut + Ricotta Cheese Penne Pasta
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4 -6 servings 10-15 minutes
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20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 -6 servings 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Zucchini, Walnut + Ricotta Cheese Penne Pasta
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4 -6 servings 10-15 minutes
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20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 -6 servings 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 pound penne pasta I used whole wheat
  • 2 medium zucchini chopped
  • 1 medium yellow squash chopped
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 small lemon juice
  • 1 cup pasta water set aside
  • 2 medium garlic cloves or scapes chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoons green onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Servings: -6 servings
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  1. Make penne pasta according to directions. Before draining out the water remove one cup of the hot pasta water and set to the side.
  2. Place a large sauté pan over medium high heat and add in olive oil and garlic (or scapes if using). Allow to cook for 30 seconds then add in the zucchini and yellow squash. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until the outer edges turn slightly golden.
  3. Once golden remove from the heat then drain everything out from the pan onto the pasta. Next add lemon juice and 1/2 cup of the pasta water (add more if desired) followed by the ricotta cheese, walnuts, salt and pepper. Stir together well, top with green onions then serve.
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Top 5 Strawberry Recipes

by evh on May 18, 2016

Strawberry Quinoa Salad Wrap with Maple Tahini Dressing | LocalSavour.com

Top 5 Strawberry Recipes ~ I am not afraid to admit that I am a super fan of strawberries and I have been ever since I can remember. I could eat them straight outta the garden or those cute little green pint baskets that you see them in at the markets. Sweet and juicy, and the only fruit that wears it’s heart on its sleeve aka its seeds are on the outside. Pair them up with some fresh mint or basil and something magical happens. These little happy berries can be served anytime of day really –– from snacking to breakfast to even be included on your dinner plate. Here are a few of my favorite ways to devour them up during this season of berry bliss:

Honey Balsamic Strawberry Ricotta Toasts | LocalSavour.com

Honey Balsamic Strawberry Ricotta Toasts

Honey Balsamic Strawberry Ricotta Toasts | LocalSavour.com

SO easy to make and delish!

Strawberry Quinoa Salad Wrap with Maple Tahini Dressing | LocalSavour.com

Strawberry Quinoa Salad Wrap with Maple Tahini Dressing –– one of my favorite lunch / dinner plans.

Warm Asparagus, Fennel + Strawberry Salad | LocalSavour.com

Warm Asparagus, Fennel + Strawberry Salad –– a flavor packed salad that’s not only pretty but easy to assemble.

Strawberry Basil Crumble | LocalSavour.com

Strawberry Basil Crumble –– serve this one warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Strawberry Basil Sangria | LocalSavour.com

A toast to strawberries ~ Cheers!

Strawberry Basil Sangria | LocalSavour.com

Strawberry Basil Sangria

 

Honey Balsamic Strawberry Ricotta Toasts
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4 servings 10-15 minutes
Honey Balsamic Strawberry Ricotta Toasts
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4 servings 10-15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries stems removed & chopped
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves chopped
  • 4-6 medium slices of bread
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  1. Place balsamic vinegar, honey and salt into a medium bowl and whisk together well. Next add in the strawberries and gently stir together and set aside.
  2. Place bread into the toaster and toast until golden, this may have to be done in batches depending on how large of a toaster that you are using. Once golden remove toast and spread each piece with 1-2 Tablespoons of ricotta cheese. Using a slotted spoon, top each toast with a heaping Tablespoon of the honey balsamic strawberries followed by a few pieces of fresh mint then serve.
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Strawberry Quinoa Salad Wraps with Maple Tahini Dressing
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4-6 servings 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Strawberry Quinoa Salad Wraps with Maple Tahini Dressing
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Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups dried quinoa
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries stems removed, sliced
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup Maple Tahini Dressing see recipe
  • 4-6 large tortilla wraps I used spinach flavored
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  1. Make quinoa according to directions and let cool completely. Place quinoa, strawberries, spinach, feta cheese, cilantro, and black pepper into a large bowl and mix together well. Next add 1/2 a cup of the maple tahini dressing and toss together one more time.
  2. Place a tortilla wrap onto a flat surface and add 11/2 cups of the salad mixture and fold up the bottom side and then roll in the left and right to create a pocket. Continue to roll up into a burrito shape. Slice in half and serve with the remaining maple tahini dressing for dipping. Continue the rolling process until all of the wraps are made.
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Warm Asparagus, Fennel + Strawberry Salad
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4 servings 10-15 minutes
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3-5 minutes
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4 servings 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Warm Asparagus, Fennel + Strawberry Salad
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3-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 bushel fresh asparagus about 20-24 pieces
  • 1 small fennel bulb shaved or cut thinly
  • 6 medium fresh strawberries stems removed and cut thinly
  • 1 Tablespoon oilve oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup almond slivers
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  1. Cut the hard ends (about 1") off of the asparagus and discard the ends. Place a large pan over medium high heat and add in olive oil and garlic. Next add in the asparagus, fennel, and water to the pan and give a gentle stir. Saute together for 2-4 minutes or until the asparagus becomes bright green and slightly tender. Once tender remove from the heat and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the mixture into a serving dish along with all of the juices left over in the pan.
  2. Top the asparagus mixture with the strawberry slices, crumbled feta and almonds. Serve.
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Strawberry Basil Crumble
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6 -8 servings 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
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6 -8 servings 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Strawberry Basil Crumble
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Servings Prep Time
6 -8 servings 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 -8 servings 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 11/2 pounds fresh strawberries (about 4 cups) - stems removed & quartered
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil - chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter cold
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a low rise baking dish (about 1-2 inches) add strawberries and basil. Gently stir to blend basil in with the strawberries.
  2. In a medium bowl, add brown sugar and flour and stir well. Next, add cold butter and using a fork smash the butter into the sugar mixture until well blended and crumble begins to form.
  3. Pour sugar mixture over the strawberries and spread out evenly. Place into the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes or until strawberries begin to bubble and crumble looks slightly golden in color. Remove from heat. Serve warm or cold ala carte or with a dollop of ice cream.
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Strawberry Basil Sangria
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4 servings 5-10 minutes
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4 servings 5-10 minutes
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4 servings 5-10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3-4 cups fresh strawberries stems removed and sliced
  • 1 750ml bottle white wine sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio or other crisper white favorite
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 2 cups sparkling water
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  1. Place 2 cups of fresh strawberries into a large serving pitcher along with the fresh basil and muddle together for 1-2 minutes. Next add in triple sec and vodka and continue to muddle for another minute.
  2. Pour white wine over the top and gently stir together. Place pitcher in the refrigerator for 2 hours up to over night before serving. Remove from the refrigerator, add in sparkling water and gently stir. Pour out into glasses, garnish with a strawberry and serve.
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Peach Power Muffins

by evh May 3, 2016
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Peach Power Muffins ~ I can’t believe it’s here but, it is and I am thrilled about it. Peach season! Roadside stands and farmers markets are starting to pop with these juicy, golden spheres of natures candy. And when I found out years ago that peaches even grew in Texas I was doing a BIG happy […]

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Asparagus + Pecorino Cheese Frittata

by evh April 26, 2016
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Asparagus + Pecorino Cheese Frittata ~ It’s that frenzied time of the year (again) when we are in between saying goodbye to the lovely spring we had alongside hearing the knocking on the door from summer –– both on the home front and at the farmers market stands. Inundated with end-of-the-school-year (GAH!) activities, parties, book fairs and projects I […]

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Caramelized Onion Crepes with Honeyed Blue Cheese Sauce

by evh April 13, 2016
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Caramelized Onion Crepes with Honeyed Blue Cheese Sauce ~ It’s been a bit quiet over here on the ole blog, not because I haven’t been busy (believe me!) but because I have been busy and in a bit of a food blogging funk. Don’t worry we are still eating and cooking at home most days but […]

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Book Giveaway: Living the Farm Sanctuary Life by Gene Baur

by evh April 4, 2016
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Book Giveaway: Living the Farm Sanctuary Life by Gene Baur ~ I have been an animal lover all of my life and over the years I have been known to have several animals follow me home –– dogs, cats, and rabbits to name a few. In my first year of college, on the long drive […]

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10 Delicious Spring Fever Recipes

by evh March 15, 2016
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10 Delicious Spring Fever Recipes ~ Spring is officially here in my book. The glorious Blue Bonnets are out, the weather is t-shirt perfect, and the kiddos are on spring break. Mix all that up with a little music festival (AKA SXSW) taking over our town this week and whew-wee we’ve surely got it going […]

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Chicken + Brussels Sprout Slaw Salad

by evh February 25, 2016
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Chicken + Brussels Sprout Slaw Salad ~ This salad could quite possibly be my new favorite. It’s not only loaded with flavor but lots of color from Brussels Sprouts, Radishes, Carrots, Onions, and Cilantro –– which by the way is currently satisfying my latest episode of spring fever. Do you have it too? It only took […]

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Caprese + Kale Pesto Sliders

by evh February 20, 2016
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Caprese + Kale Pesto Sliders ~ I love a good sandwich –– especially one that can feed a crowd –– and an easy and satisfying dish that works for most groups is always a good thing to have in your back pocket in my opinion thus Caprese + Kale Pesto Sliders are here. An added bonus on […]

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Steak + Egg Tacos

by evh February 11, 2016
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Steak + Egg Tacos ~ To say we eat a lot of tacos feels like an understatement but we do eat a LOT of tacos. Most of the time it happens on Taco Tuesday but not always. There are sprinkles of breakfast tacos throughout the week and on-the-go tacos throughout the month. My youngest kiddo […]

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