Pink Wine & Orange Bowl…a Summer Dinner – NaJuPicMo

July 11, 2008 at 6:52 am 3 comments

















Not that it has been particularly hot here with all the fog we’ve had…but I made a quick and healthy dinner that was worth sharing here.  First, there was this wine…I’m not a fan of white zinfandel and don’t know the last time I drank it, but starting a few years ago, we became pretty interested in drinking very dry pinks during the summer months.  They go with everything and are generally very affordable (this one was $7.99) and quite refreshing if it’s hot out. 







This was so easy. This pasta was a variation on a traditional caprese type of pasta; the kind where you marinate tomatoes, mozzerella, garlic and oil and vinegar.  For whatever reason, I completely forgot to buy the basil.  So, I improvised with baby spinach.  It was really good, especially with hard, grated parmesan to finish the dish with.  I apologize for the weird color in this.  I served it in my screaming orange bowl that I love. 





So, if you want to make this dish for one pound of pasta, marinate the following in your serving bowl:

4 ripe tomatoes, medium size or equivalent amount in smaller sized tomatoes cut into 1/2 inch pieces with as many seeds gone as possible

4-5 oz. fresh mozzerella, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped fine

3 cups fresh baby spinach

1/2 C. extra virgin olive oil

1/4 C. vinegar, balsamic or red wine or a combination…it’s up to you

marinate for about 1/2 hour or more.

After tossing with the steaming pasta, you’ll need to finish with about:

1/2 tsp. salt and some pepper to taste

a healthy sprinkling of parmesan

Drain the pasta and toss it right into the serving dish with the tomato mixture.  Serve immediately.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mala  |  July 11, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Mmmmmm looks tastey.
    I’m normally not a white wine drinker but have recently discover Moscato which is a fabulous light, refreshing and fruity, but not terribly sweet, dessert wine. It’s worth actually skipping dinner for and enjoying it chilled on a hot summer evening.

  • 2. Tina  |  July 11, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Moscato is GREAT for Sunday brunch too. A nice alternative to Champagne.

  • 3. Sang-Shil  |  July 12, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    This looks delicious!

    And thanks for sharing the recipe; I can’t wait to try it. I’ve never bought mozzarella before but have always liked it when I’ve had it in restaurants, so this will be a first for me!


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