Thursday, June 12

Ridiculously Practical Meals: Mint & Lemon Pasta

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If you've been reading my blog long enough, you may have noticed that I'm a sucker for light, summery pastas. Yesterday I was at a loss of what to make for dinner, so I simply tossed a whole bunch of my favorite summer veggies and fruits into pasta and, ta-da, a simple delicious meal that took under 20 minutes!


You will need: 1/2 box of spaghetti noodles (1/2 pound), virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, cherry tomatoes, 1 corn on the cob, 2 cloves of garlic, pre-flavored shrimp (plain will work if you prefer it, but I found scampi flavored shrimp at Whole Foods), 3/4 oz. sweet basil, 3/4 oz. mint, dash of salt, and dash of pepper.

Cook spaghetti noodles according to box instructions (I cooked mine in large pot in 3 quarts of boiling water for 9 minutes). Drain pasta and place in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add lemon juice. Stir and set to the side.


While the noodles are cooking, chose how many cherry tomatoes you would like in your pasta (I would use at least 10) and cut each tomato in half. Cut all corn kernels off of cob. Finely chop both cloves of garlic. Remove tails from shrimp. Use however much shrimp you want, this isn't an exact science. I used one small package. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with olive oil and add tomatoes, corn, garlic, and shrimp. Cook on stove top on high heat, stir regularly for 9 minutes or until corn is beginning to turn golden brown. Remove from stove and stir into pasta, mixing well. Tear basil and mint leaves and mix into pasta. Serve while warm!

Every main dish needs the perfect pairings so I served my pasta with red wine, bread, and delicious Rainier cherries for a taste of my home state. Bon app├ętit!


28 comments:

  1. Okay, I'm all about mint + lemon water- but never would think of eating mint + lemon pasta! Until now. :) This looks lovely!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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    1. I hope you like it! It was so easy to make, great for a quick week night meal or relaxing on the patio on a Saturday!

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  2. I love pasta especially when shrimps are involved I never added corn to it I have to give it a try look delicious.
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    1. Corn cooked to a golden brown is delicious in about anything! And yes, shrimp in pasta is one of the best things ever. :)

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  3. So this looks amazing!! Mint and lemon sounds like a yummy combo!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I love mint and lemon together! It's great with everything from chicken to cocktails!

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    1. Me too, it's one of my favorite flavor additives! :) Thanks for reading!

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  5. This looks absolutely delicious, especially because I love shrimps!! I want it! =D

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    xoxo,
    Jess

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    1. Shrimps are soooo good! Thanks for reading!

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  6. ah, you must have a flair for cooking without a recipe - if i threw a bunch of ingredients into a pan, i can *guarantee* it would not come out looking this delicious :)

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    1. Haha, I am not good at cooking without a recipe, not really. Pasta is about the only thing I can get away with doing that. Maybe salad. Thanks so much for reading!

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    1. Thank you! I hope your weekend is swell as well!

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  8. Another delicious looking meal by you!! Can you just be my personal chef, haha?
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    1. Haha, that depends, how much do you pay? ;) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  9. Great recipe Lauren! Thanks for sharing! I'm gonna try this for sure :)
    Keep in touch
    xx
    www.JuneWantsItAll.com

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    1. Thank you! I'd love to hear what you think once you've tried it!

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  10. Yumminess, this is my kind of cooking and my kind of dish, looks delicious! Have a great start to the weekend hun!

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    1. So glad you like it! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!

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  11. This looks absolutely delicious, Lauren! :) Can't wait to try it out! <3
    Hope you're having a lovely Friday!!xx
    Your blog is super cute btw!

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  12. This is looks so yummy!! Pasta is my favorite- I'm going to have to try this. I have never had it with mint. How refreashing!!

    If you get a sec, I would love to hear you thoughts on my latest,
    Xo,
    Amy
    STYLEchocolatechip.com

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  13. I LOVE PASTA Lauren! This IS light and perfect for Summer. Thanks for sharing. Looks tasty!

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  14. I am thankful for your kind comment Lauren :)

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  15. Cherries are my favorites! Nice pics!
    Kisses.
    xx cvety
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  16. Ok this looks SO DELICIOUS!!! I love pasta and now I'm getting super hungry thanks to this post! Thanks for sharing :)
    XOXO

    Milu
    www.hellolupi.blogspot.com

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  17. Ahh this look a m a z i n g ! I also think that it is so cool/unique that you added cherries! I'm going to have to try this asap!! xx

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird

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