Easy Summer Veggie Pasta...Just Like Daniel Tiger

Please tell me that I am not the only mom whose kidlets were excited about veggie pasta after that Daniel Tiger (on PBS) episode.  No?  Just me?  Standard.  Even though my kidlets have been experiencing fresh veggies on the farm and from our CSA from infancy, they still sometimes struggle with veggies.  The problem is that we get a TON from our CSA every week and I have to find creative ways to use them.  One of our favorites is this very simple veggie pasta.  The brilliant thing is that the veggies reduce down so much, you can throw in all of the produce that you have in the fridge waiting to rot.  Again, just me?! I am an easy peasy, no recipe kind of cook, which drives the hubs somewhat nuts.  Use what you have!  If you don't have cherry tomatoes, just dice regular ones!  No zucchini?  Green beans will work too!

This serves my family of four (and a half) with leftovers for lunch.
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20
Total time 30 minutes


1 lb dried pasta
1 slice of cooked bacon (crumbled or small slices)
1 pint (or more!) of grape or cherry tomatoes
3 large zucchini (or more)
1/2 of an 8 oz. container of feta cheese
1 clove of garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare your veggies.  Chop the zucchini into bite sized pieces.  Either fry, or bake your bacon until crispy.  I actually try to save some from the weekend and toss it saves a step!  

Heat your very large pot (I use a wok) and sauté your garlic for a minute or so.  Then, throw in your zucchini and your tomatoes.  I use medium high heat at the beginning. Cover the pot, and let it reduce down, stirring every few minutes to avoid sticking.  Salt and pepper, but be careful not to over salt as the feta and the bacon are salty.  The tomatoes and garlic will release their juices quickly and you will want to take the lid off, turn it down and just let them simmer.

At this point, start your pasta.  Salt the water and follow the directions on the package. Continue to let the tomato mixture simmer while stirring occasionally.  Once the pasta is finished, go ahead and turn the heat off of the sauce and throw in your feta and bacon.  Stir it all together.

Toss in the pasta and enjoy!


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