Prosciutto Mozzarella Tartine

Quick and easy lunch that tastes great!

4 slices sourdough

8 oz bocconcini (mini mozz balls), sliced in half

Basil leaves

4 slices prosciutto

Grated Parmesan

6 figs, quartered

6 oz arugula

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Preheat broiler to medium.

Spray bread with olive oil spray, place on a baking sheet. Top with bocconcini, basils, prosciutto and parm. Broil for 3 – 5 min until cheese is melted and prosciutto is crispy.

In a large bowl toss figs, arugula, olive oil and balsamic.

Serves 2 – 4.

Burrata Caprese

Peaches, tomatoes, Basil and creamy burrata – oh yes!! And your are welcome!

3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

1/2 c packed Basil

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 c olive oil

6 oz burrata

2 peaches, sliced into wedges

1 lb tomatoes, cut into wedges

In a blender combine Basil, lemon juice, salt and 1/4 c oil. Purée until smooth.

Arrange peaches and tomatoes on a platter, place burrata in the middle, drizzle with olive oil, Basil oil and pine nuts.

Serves 4.

BLT Panzanella Salad with Avocado

This is adapted from Tartine at Home – I added Avocado.

Basil Oil

1/2 c Basil leaves

2 tbsp parsley leaves

1/2 c olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp drained capers

Salt

Combine in a small food processor and pulse till chopped and combined.

3 tomatoes, quartered

Salt and pepper

4 strips bacon, cooked and cut into 1/4 inch pieces

6 oz spinach

4 oz arugula

3 slices of sourdough

Olive oil spray

1 avocado, diced

Preheat oven to 400. Spray bread with olive oil and bake until toasted on each side. Cool and cut into bite sized pieces.

Place tomato in a large shallow bowl, season with salt and pepper. Add bacon, spinach, arugula and bread, toss to combine. Add a couple tbsp of Basil oil, toss. Divide among plates, top with avocado and a drizzle of basil oil.

Serves 2 – 4.

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes & Burrata


Another Melissa Clark winner!

6 oz pasta
2 tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
6 garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp chile flakes
Salt
1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
3 tbsp butter
4 oz grated Parmesan cheese
8 oz burrata or fresh mozzarella, torn
3 c torn herbs, such as basil, mint and parsley
6 green onions, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package. Drain and reserve ½ cup of cooking water.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tbsp olive oil along with garlic, chile flakes and a pinch of salt and cook 1 to 2 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add tomatoes and cook 5 to 8 minutes, until they begin to burst and shrivel at their borders.

Add pasta to skillet. If it looks dry, add a little reserved pasta cooking water. Increase heat a bit so pasta can finish cooking in the sauce. When pasta is cooked, add butter and Parmesan and toss until everything is coated.

Serve pasta warm and garnish with chunks of burrata and a handful of herbs and green onions. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste.into bite-sized chunks

Serves 4.

Zucchini and Basil Pasta

This is great for a healthy weeknight dinner. It is ready in the time it takes to cook the pasta.

1/4 c olive oil
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 lbs small zucchini, quartered lengthwise, sliced
Salt
1 tsp Aleppo pepper
12 oz pasta
•2 oz Parmesan, grated
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 c basil leaves

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook garlic, stirring occasionally, until very lightly browned around the edges, about 4 minutes. Add squash; season with salt. Cook, tossing occasionally, until squash begins to break down, 12–15 minutes. Toss in 1 tsp. Aleppo pepper.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente.

Transfer pasta to skillet using a slotted spoon or spider and add 1/2 c pasta cooking liquid. Cook pasta, adding 2 oz. Parmesan in stages along with more pasta cooking liquid as needed, until sauce coats pasta and pasta is al dente. Toss in lemon juice and most of the basil.

Divide pasta among bowls and top with more Parmesan and Aleppo-style pepper and remaining basil.

Serves 4

Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

What’s better on a cold winter night that warm soup with a dollop of ricotta or burrata? Mmmm so good!

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 c finley chopped celery
1 c finely chopped carrots
1 c finley chopped onin
1 28 oz can whole peeled tomoatoes
3 1/2 c vegetable broth
1 sprig thyme
1 parmesan rind
1/4 c fresh basil
1 bay leaf
1/2 c ricotta or burrata 

In the sauté mode heat the oil over medium heat and add the celery, carrot and onions and cook until soft. 

Pour the tomatoes into the cooker with the broth, thyme, rind and bay leaf. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

Use an immersion blender and purée until smooth. Garnish with ricotta or burrata and basil. 

Serves 6.

Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

This recipe is from the new cookbook from Skinny Taste – a collection of quick and slow cooker recipes – perfect for fall! This is the first one I cooked and it does not disappoint. I made some cheesy garlic bread to go along with it -perfect for a rainy night. Quick tip – when yiu get to rind of uiur parm cheese, toss it in a ziplock and store in the freezer to use when cooking soup, you will thank me for this one.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 c diced celery
1 c diced carrots
1 c diced onions
28 oz can whole plum tomatoes, with juice
1 – 2 sprigs thyme
1/2 c fresh basil
3 1/2 c vegetable broth
Parmesan or Romano cheese rind
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp flour
1/3 c grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 3/4 c milk, warmed
Salt and pepper, to taste

Turn on saute mode on your slow cooker, then add the oil, celery, carrots and onions; cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden. Add tomato, thyme, basil, broth, rind and bay leaf. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Then puree with an immersion blender. Or cool slightly and use a regular blender. Return to pot.

Warm your milk over low heat. Heat the butter in a large skillet over low heat. Whisk in the flour and keep whisking until till it starts to turn golden, about 5 minutes, add the milk 1/2 c at a time and whisk until incorporated. Stir into the soup along with the cheese. Cook for 30 minutes. 

Garnish with basil and cheese at serving time.

Serves 6.