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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Farmer's Market Spaghetti

This is a simple, vegetarian weeknight dinner packed with garden fresh tomatoes, sprigs of thyme, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegrette tossed with spaghetti. Perfect for a summer party or BBQ, too!



Every year I have these grand plans of getting some good vegetable pots together on our back deck. Tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and fresh herbs are what I would love to have growing out there. I just don't have a love for gardening, oh how I wish I did! I sure have a love for food and I know one of these years it will entice me enough to schlep the kids to the Walmart garden center and actually get all the stuff that I need. Ugh. It's just exhausting thinking about it. 

I'm so thankful though to live in the middle of Amish Country here in Central PA. We are literally surrounded by farms and farmer's markets, so even though I'm a bit lazy I can still enjoy the fresh delicious vegetables from the gardens in our area! Our local grocery outlet has some amazing deals on produce, for the past few weeks pints of cherry tomatoes have been priced at $.99 to $1.49 at the highest! If you score a great deal on cherry/grape tomatoes, or you have some growing in your own garden (you overachiever, you!) MAKE this. Use your favorite brand of balsamic vinaigrette  or make your own - it's really easy. YUM!


Farmer's Market Spaghetti
adapted from Kraft Recipes

4 cups cherry tomatoes
6 cloves garlic, smashed
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette (I use this recipe)
3/4 lb spaghetti noodles
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

In a medium bowl, toss together tomatoes, garlic, thyme, and olive oil. Spread on a baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until tomatoes have burst. Meanwhile, cook and drain spaghetti reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Add the water back in with the drained spaghetti along with the balsamic vinaigrette and 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese. When the tomatoes are finished roasting, remove from oven and discard thyme. Add tomatoes and garlic to the spaghetti, scraping the baking sheet to make sure all the juices and flavored bits get all in there! Toss to combine well, serve with remaining parmesan cheese sprinkled over top.




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14 comments:

  1. This looks gorgeous, really gorgeous! b_t x

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  2. Simple and delicious. I love adding cherry tomatoes to pasta too! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Yum! Your recipe is making me hungry! =)

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  4. I can't wait to try your Farmer's Market Spaghetti with fresh tomatoes from the garden!
    I also wanted to let you know that this recipe has been Pinned and featured on Krafty Cards etc. Recipe Round Up #2. You can view the post and other great recipes here:http://kraftycardsetc.blogspot.com/2013/06/recipe-round-up-2.html

    Have a great day!
    Maria

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  5. This looks so good and refreshing - I could just eat it right now for breakfast...if I had it. Alas, it's oatmeal for me. :-)
    Visting from Stone Gable!

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  6. wow, what great meals, I will have to try some of these, even if it's just me eating them. Have a great day

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  7. Yum, yum, yum. I do have a garden, but there's no way I'll ever get 4 cups of cherry tomatoes at a time, so I'll have to hit up the farmers' market.

    ~Visiting from Tasty Tuesday at Anyonita Nibbles~

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  8. This looks yummy! Thanks for the idea.

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  9. Parrish-LifeWithTheCrustCutOffJune 12, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    This sounds and looks delicious!!! Please come share it at Two Girls and a Party linky party!!http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/two-girls-and-a-party-linky-party-20/

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  10. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good CakesJune 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    This sounds perfect in every way! My kids would love this too :) Thanks so much for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends!

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  11. Mmmmm love how vibrant and fresh this spaghetti looks! What a refreshing change from having it drowning in electric red, heartburn-inducing sauce!

    Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty
    Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

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  12. This is just perfect for the summer - especially when I have a plantful of cherry tomatoes! Pinning this recipe to try soon. Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays. :)

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  13. Made this tonight for dinner. YUM! It is AMAZING! Thank you!

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  14. I'm SO glad you liked it Sheyann! Have a great night. :)

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