Pasta with Summer Squash and Ricotta

Pasta with Summer Squash and Ricotta

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Oh. mah. God. I’m seriously dying over the Gossip Girl from last night! It is the Greatest Show of Our Time. Chuck Bass totally pwns me. I’m building a shrine to him in my closet right now. I’ve got a scarf and a purple ascot so far, and I’m attempting to get my hands on this tshirt so that I can secretly wear it under all of my clothes.

I love Chuck Bass T ShirtAlso, in vocabulary lessons for the day, the word “pwn” is defined as:

An act of dominating an opponent; originally dates back to the days of WarCraft, when a map designer mispelled “Own” as “Pwn”. What was originally supposed to be “player has been owned.” was “player has been pwned”.

(This definition is for my mother, who will undoubtedly read this post and then call me and ask me what “pwn” means. I’m sorry I’m so much cooler than you, Mom. Now watch those Mickey Mouse Club youtube videos I sent you this morning.)

In case you missed it, here’s the kiss seen round the world!

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Blair gets extra points for “Out, you cableknit queen!” I died, seriously. And then came back again just to blog about how awesome that line is. Speaking of blogs that love Gossip Girl, if you enjoy the show, you should mosey over to the Daily Intel right quick – they do the best recaps of GG. And I quote,

Chuck’s purple paisley nightgown is perfect, as is his teeny espresso mug and morning Carey Grant hair. Plus 3, because we think the reason he wasn’t in bed with Blair must have been that was he was in the bathroom taking out his rollers.

So much about P.J. Buckley is spot-on, from his popped collar to the fratty guys hanging around behind him to the perfect dick look he gives the photo of Trip Vanderbilt, to the fact that he seems a lot more upset about his sister gaining 30 pounds than being brokenhearted. But Plus only 2, because his accent sounds more Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing than J.R. Ewing, and are we really meant to believe he just sits around a big round table all day, in a lair straight out of the Batman comics, waiting to be challenged to high-stakes poker games?

And my personal favorite:

Why does Gossip Girl still call Dan Lonely Boy? Minus 1, because he is clearly not. Look at him in that last scene, surrounded by friends and family, like it’s the Olive Garden or some shit.

Yes!!! Chris and Jessica are my people, because they hate the Olive Garden, too. That place is The Gross. I’m just saying. I can’t watch their commercials, it’s full of people being like “oh I can’t choose between all of your delicious pastas” when you know the actor is thinking “I would never eat this in a million years because this creamy parmesan sauce would harden into rock-hard cholesterol in my veins and kill me before I even got paid.” We used to go there sometimes as a kid, before I knew what good pasta tasted like. And good pasta tastes like this summer squash and ricotta delicacy.

I seem to have a problem finishing my “series” of posts. I totally didn’t finish my Market Week posts. FAIL. I didn’t post the other ricotta recipe I made using my homemade ricotta I made a few weeks ago, either. FAIL. I think I have an attention span problem! So this is the 2nd ricotta recipe (here’s the first).

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Pasta with Summer Squash and Ricotta - Adding the Ricotta

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This is a great pasta to use up with any leftover zucchini or summer squash you have on hand, and it lends itself easily to customization (read: whatever is in your fridge). Feel free to substitute another type of pasta for the gemelli that I used here, and you could substitute another cheese for the ricotta, too, such as feta or goat cheese or even parmesan (I’d add a little bit of milk if using parm, though, to help the sauce come together). And if this is your main course at home, I would throw in some extra veggies, like spinach or broccoli, just to up the veggie factor. This is an easy, simple pasta dish, that’s pretty cheap, too. Don’t forget to salt generously if you’re using homemade ricotta!

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Pasta with Summer Squash and Ricotta

Adapted from Sugarlaws

Serves 4

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Ingredients:
1 box gemelli pasta, or similar pasta
2 fresh summer squash, cut into matchstick
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup ricotta
2 tbsp parsley, minced
salt and pepper

Directions:
Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water for sauce if necessary. In a separate saucepan, saute squash in olive oil until the squash is tender but not mushy. Add the ricotta and a small amount of pasta cooking water (about a tablespoon or two). Mix gently over medium heat until a light sauce forms. Add in the hot pasta and toss to coat. Transfer pasta to serving dish, and sprinkle with parsley.

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Pasta with Summer Squash and Ricotta - Adding the Pasta

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Playing in the Kitchenette: Karen O and the Kids / Capsize – From the “Where the Wild Things Are” soundtrack; the entire soundtrack is completely To. Die. For.

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6 thoughts on “Pasta with Summer Squash and Ricotta

  1. I need to make the ricotta and then this pasta. I have taken on your issue of having too much fall produce. I went a leetle crazy at the store Sunday night. I now have WAY too many decorative and edible gourds, squash and pumpkins. My house looks like the Halloween/Thanksgiving aisle at Target threw up and landed here.

  2. Love your blog. i just read like, all the way down to the ricotta-stuffed chicken. Dude, you’re making me want to eat and it’s after midnight- so NOT good for my less-than-svelte figure!
    As for the hot Chuck Bass-ery, um… all I can say is that I have never seen any of Gossip Girl before, so I wasn’t sure what was going on. But it was a cute kiss.

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