Grilled Veg Goat Cheese Pasta
serves 4 as a main dish; 6 as a side
1 # fresh linguine pasta
1 medium zucchini, trimmed and cut lengthwise into l/3″ slices
1 medium yellow squash, same as zucchini
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut on the diagonal into 2″ pieces
3 1″ carrots, peeled and cut like zucchini
1 medium eggplant, trimmed, peeled and sliced into 1/2″ rounds
4 T olive oil, divided (plus a little extra for drizzling at end)
1 lemon, cut in half
1/2 t Kosher salt
1/4 t Freshly-grated pepper
3T red onion, minced
4 T chopped fresh parsley, divided
1 t butter
1/4 c white wine (can sub chicken broth)
4-6 oz goat’s cheese, divided ( save 3-4T for garnish)
Fill a 10qt stockpot 3/4 full of salted water and set to boil on high for pasta. Take carrots and microwave on high for 2 minutes in a covered dish with a couple of tablespoons of water. Drain. Set aside.
Place zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, eggplant and partially cooked carrots in a 4 qt glass container and drizzle with 2T olive oil and the juice from half of the lemon. Salt and pepper well. Grill until tender. Slice larger pieces closer to bite-sized ones and cover loosely to keep warm.
While veg are grilling, start the sauce. In a small sauce pan, place 2T olive oil and saute minced onions and chopped parsley. Add wine wine and butter. Squeeze a tablespoon or so of lemon juice into the sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Cook pasta in boiling water according to package directions. Drain well and put back in pot. Cut or tear the goat’s cheese (all but 3 T or so) into 1/2″ pieces and stir into pasta; let sit a minute or so to melt a bit. Add grilled vegetables and sauce and stir gently, but thoroughly. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Pour pasta into large bowl or onto platter. Garnish with rest of goat’s cheese and parsley. Drizzle with just a tiny bit of olive oil. Grate some pepper over top. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Starters: A tiny bowl of chunked cantalope–maybe a bit of mint
Wine: Pink, definitely. Choose a nice dry rose. It’s summer!
Need a bigger meal: Grill a skewer of shrimp for each person and place atop the pasta
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