Summer is a great time to eat your vegetables. I love going to the local farmers market once a week. Better yet, I have some of the freshest veggies growing right in a small garden patch in my yard.
Pairing vegetables with pasta is my kind of meal. It doesn’t have to be meatless Monday for my family to have a nice vegetarian dish for dinner. As a matter of fact, summer is the perfect time to eat vegetarian a few times a week.
Some of my fondest memories are from my childhood when I spent part of the summer at my grandparents’ house. I would swim at the beach during the day and stay up late at night watching TV shows like Columbo and Hawaii Five-0 with my grandmother. But another special activity would be to help tend my grandparents’ garden. They had tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, lettuce and all kinds of herbs to pick.
I remember being about eight years old and coming in with a basket of fresh vegetables right before dinner. I would help cook them or make a salad and it would make me feel very proud. It was the same feeling I get when I put a meal on the table that my family loves to eat.
I try to avoid turning the oven on in the summer but it’s a necessity to make this meal. While vegetables can be sautéed in a pan, roasting really brings out their sweetness and flavor. I will roast several pans at once and have enough for the week. This tortellini calls for roasted vegetables but I will also use them in salads, enchiladas, and sandwiches. Roasted vegetables are the perfect ingredients for many summer meals.
Visit your local farmers market this summer or grow a few vegetables in your garden. There is nothing like eating farm to table and this recipe is the perfect example!