As we’re beginning the season of summer cookouts and picnics, I’m always looking for quick and easy side dish recipes.  You can’t go wrong with a pasta dish – pasta salads are a staple at any backyard barbecue.  This pasta is so bold in flavor  – the lemon and basil are amazing together…add some asiago cheese and you know this will be a crowd pleaser!

Here is what you’ll need:

1lb Pasta (you can use any kind)

5 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp dijon mustard

bunch of fresh basil 

zest of one lemon

Asiago cheese

1 zucchini diced

salt and pepper to taste

Time to cook!

  1. Cook pasta as directed. Again, you can use any kind of pasta. I used gluten free Farfalle pasta. 
  2. While pasta is cooking, cut zucchini in to small pieces. 
  3. Chop basil – leave a few leaves in tact for garnish
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic,  dijon mustard, salt, pepper. 
  5. Once pasta is cooked – drain and place in bowl to cool. Toss in olive oil mixture, zucchini and lemon zest. 
  6. Add Asiago Cheese to taste – we love cheese so we always add a little extra!
  7. Cover and place in refrigerator to cool. 

If you’re not a fan of zucchini – you can add peas, asparagus, broccoli, or kale. You can also make this a main summer dish by adding grilled chicken or shrimp.

The acid from the lemon + the bold flavor of the basil and asiago cheese will make this the tastiest dish at your gathering!





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