When it's hot you don't have to give up the first one: cold pasta is an excellent solution to experiment with new recipes
In the summer, the less time you stay in the kitchen, the better. The ideal is then to prepare more portions of dishes to eat cold, which possibly include the least possible cooking. The magic words that will solve the meals of the next few days are "cold pasta: quick recipes". Here are five proposals for all tastes.
1. Pesto of dried cherry tomatoes
Boil the pasta – the ideal is formed like farfalle, fusilli or penne rigate – drain it al dente, pass it under running cold water and let it cool, seasoning it with a drizzle of oil. Meanwhile, whisk 100 g of dry tomatoes with 30 g walnuts and 30 g of crumbled feta. Season the pasta with this pesto and serve immediately, still warm, or after letting it rest in the fridge.
2. Grilled vegetables, pecorino cheese and rocket
Among summer and quick cold pasta recipes, this is perfect for reuse grilled vegetables. In a pan, courgettes, aubergines and peppers already cut into chunks, cherry tomatoes cut in half and a sliced spring onion, while the pasta cooks. Always drain it al dente and season it with extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of black pepper and fresh chives. You can serve it immediately, adding rocket and flakes of pecorino cheese on the plates, or let it cool and add the last two ingredients before putting it in the fridge.
3. Legumes also in summer
If in the summer you find it hard to eat i legumes, this recipe is for you. Stir-fry one diced aubergine with extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of chilli pepper and a fresh chopped spring onion. At the end of cooking also add some canned chickpeas or in a glass jar, salt and cook for a few minutes. Season the pasta (better the half sleeves, the shells or the penne rigate), adding also abundant basil chopped by hand, fresh cherry tomatoes, a drizzle of raw oil and some Pine nuts toast in a non-stick pan.
4. Salmon and pesto for a cold summer pasta
The pasta with salmon and pesto is one very fast recipe: season the pasta, boiled and left to cool, with del pesto sauce he was born in smoked salmon cut into strips. If you do not like the strong flavor of smoked salmon, replace it with fresh one: just cook a slice in the oven, without adding other seasonings (it will take about 15-20 minutes at 180 degrees) and chop it with a fork.
5. Cold pasta: quick recipes with tuna
Among the quick cold pasta recipes you can't miss the tuna fish. Prepare a pesto with raw zucchini, oil, almonds and basil (just blend all the ingredients together). Boil the pasta and let it cool with a drizzle of oil, before seasoning it with the pesto of zucchini, tuna or mackerel in oil, capers desalinate for at least ten minutes Taggiasca olives, the juice and the rind from the middle lemon.
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