Quick and delicious summer pasta

Jacqueline Banks Summer Pasta

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Jacqueline Banks Summer PastaSummer has finally arrived! With temperatures rising the last thing you want to do at night is slave over a hot stove. So today I thought I would share one of my favorite, quick summer pastas. It couldn’t be any easier to make!

I wish I could claim it as my very own, but it’s not. I recently got a great seasonal cookbook that I’m obsessed with: Real Simple easy, delicious home cooking. It’s divided into seasons rather than courses, which makes eating seasonally so easy. When you eat seasonally (and locally!) you ensure that the produce your eating is at its peak instead of eating something in the summer that only grows in cold climates and had to be picked before optimal ripeness so that it could travel all the way to you.

Here is the delicious recipe; I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

Pappardelle with Swiss chard, onions and goat cheese:

  • 3/4lb pappardelle (I used gluten free, rice spaghetti)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 bunches Swiss chard, stems discarded and cut into 1-inch strips (I’ve used kale and spinach instead)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese


  1. Cook the pasta, reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, drain and return it to the pot.
  2. While the pasta is cooking heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion is soft.
  3. Add the greens and ¼ tsp. each salt and pepper to the skillet and cook, tossing often, until tender.
  4. Add the chard mixture, 3 ounces of the goat cheese, ¾ cup of the reserved cooking water, and ½ tsp. salt to the pasta and toss until the cheese melts. (Add more cooking water if the pasta seems too dry).
  5. Serve sprinkled with the remaining ounce of goat cheese.

* I also added a few sprinkles of crushed red pepper while I was cooking the greens.

jacqueline silvestri banksJacqueline Banks, who grew up in Casa de Campo, is a certified holistic health counselor and busy mother.

Her focus is on helping other busy moms in all stages of motherhood keep themselves and families healthy and happy. She uses natural and organic solutions to solve individual health problems and promote clean living.

Check out her website at: www.jacquelinebanks.com

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