Easy Summer Dinners with Jodie Fitz: Summer Pasta

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Who wants to spend a perfectly pleasant summer evening in the kitchen?  If your family is like ours, quick and easy is the way we roll when it comes to summer dinners!  We asked our friend Jodie Fitz to share some of her kid-tested and approved easy summer dinners for a new recipe series!  Check  back each week for another easy dinner option!

Summer Pasta by Jodie Fitz

Summer Pasta image by Jodie Fitz

Summer Pasta image by Jodie Fitz

We have been fully enjoying the flavors that come with the grilling season at our table, but every once in awhile we still enjoy a delicious pasta dish.  So, I like to bring the grill along to the mix and save the heavy sauce and meatballs for the fall.

I am a BIG, no HUGE…. pepper fan & love the summer season when everything’s so fresh – red, orange, yellow & green make a colorful combo.  But, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE vidalia onions even more than peppers!  Add them together and it’s always a winning combination for me.

Sauteed Peppers and Onions

Grilled Sweet Turkey Sausage

I sauté them lightly in a tablespoon or two of light olive oil until they have cooked, but are still slightly crisp.  I actually like to to sauté just 1/4 cup of olive oil and a large crushed clove of garlic for the final toss separately so that the peppers and onions have their own bold flavors to share…

Grilled Sweet Turkey Sausage is what brings the flavor to this dish.I actually toss the pasta with the oil & garlic first and then season it with salt and pepper to taste.  Toss in the peppers, onions & sausage & serve with some sort of additional vegetable like a fresh salad.

The left-overs are gone!  My teens like this one so much that it was gone at lunch time the next day…no complaints :) .

~Jodie Fitz

Jodie FitzJodie Fitz is the creator and personality of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club and currently travels in a six-state region cooking with children to encourage taste-testing fun through a hands-on cooking experience!  She is a wife, mother of three, and currently authors several monthly columns, including contributing to SaratogaMama Magazine.  You can always find what she’s up to in her kitchen at www.jodiefitz.com!

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