Weeknight Rescue // July 2020 // Week 30

Best Tomato Basil Pasta inspired by Scarpetta - Mom's Kitchen Handbook

I don’t know about you, but throwing yourself into making a meal can be a good way to forget for a hot second that the world is upside down. Here is a line-up of tasty distractions. Enjoy the weekend!

GRILLED STEAK WITH SALSA VERDE

Grilled Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde

This is one of the best ways I know to prepare steak: a thin cut that cooks quickly with a tangy, salty, herby sauce to spoon over the top. Grill or roast some little potatoes or other vegetables and toss together a salad with this vinaigrette

MAKE-YOUR-OWN NICOISE SALAD

Nicoise Salad Bar

This summer salad bar features the classic Nicoise ingredients. Feel free to riff on the standards by adding other vegetables you like or using fresh, grilled tuna or salmon in place of canned fish. It’s the perfect dinner for a warm night when you don’t feel like spending much time at the stove.

PIZZA ON THE GRILL

pizza on the grill

As the weather goes from hot to hotter, bring your pizza game outside. A backyard grill doubles as a terrific pizza oven. Make your own dough or pick up refrigerated dough at the market.

CRISPY AVOCADO TACOS

One of the quickest recipes on the site. Serve with beans along with cut up cucumber, jicama, and other raw vegetables doused with lime and chili. Alternatively, this Mexican Slaw or the corn salad below are both excellent salads to serve on the side.

SPAGHETTI WITH TOMATO SAUCE AND GARLIC BASIL OIL

This is a recipe inspired by the famous spaghetti dish at New York’s Scarpetta restaurant. The sauce is made up of two elements: a simple tomato sauce and a garlic- and basil-infused olive oil to drizzle over the top. You can make both the sauce and oil ahead of time and assemble when it’s time to cook the spaghetti. If you want to cut down on prep time, check out the recipe headnote for a tip on using a combo of fresh and canned tomatoes.

PEACH & RICOTTA TOAST

peach and ricotta toast

I can’t stop with this one. I’ve tried it with peaches, nectarines, strawberries, and even pitted cherries. All delicious.

CORN AND AVOCADO SALAD WITH QUICK PICKLED ONIONS

Get ahold of several ears of the fresh corn that is showing up in markets these days and make this salad. It’s excellent as a side for any barbecue, but also spooned into corn tortillas as a savory taco fixing. You can make it ahead, adding the  avocado just before serving. 

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