Monday, June 23, 2014

Lemon Basil Pasta #secretrecipeclub

It's time for Secret Recipe Club once again :) For those who haven't heard of Secret Recipe Club, it's a large group of bloggers who each month are assigned another SRC member's blog secretly, make a recipe from their blog, and post it for reveal day. It's so much fun to see who got your blog and what recipe they decided to make. If you are interested in joining, go check out this page and get put on the waiting list!

This month I was assigned to Nicole's blog, hapa-tite. Her tagline is edible adventures & cultural explorations. Nicole says her family is ethnically Chinese, Cherokee, German, and American, but culturally Hawai'ian. Her blog really reflects that wealth of culture. And I cannot get enough of that little Honu ("hawai’ian sea turtle") in her logo. So cute!

When I began searching, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to make...

There was Pork Souvlaki  or Pai'a Sai Min which both looked mouthwateringly good and completely uncharacteristic of me to choose. And then there's the Homemade Nutella (Gianduja), Chai Chocolate Coconut Cardamom Rice Puddings, and Pistachio Dark Chocolate Toffee. I seriously almost went with the Hawai'ian Banana Bread.

In the end though, I went with Nicole's Lemon Basil Pasta Salad to go with the garlic basil chicken, grilled peaches, and beer-battered broccoli bites I made one night. Nick and the kids couldn't get enough of it. My son said it was his favorite thing on the whole plate (but he's also a pastaholic like his momma, so....). I only wish that I would've done the tomato roses like Nicole did. They are so pretty! This recipe was a hit for us and I can't wait to make it again...although of course I am definitely going to have to try some of the other amazing looking recipes on hapa-tite! Not to forget that I want to do some of her bentos for next school year!
A light flavorful pasta salad perfect for a summer side dish | Lemon Basil Pasta #secretrecipeclub

What you need:
  • 1/2 lb. pasta [I used garden rotini]
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 10 basil leaves, chiffonaded
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Additional basil leaves for garnish
  1. Cook pasta al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Add tomato, basil, lemon, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  3. Toss with additional basil leaves and serve!
A light flavorful pasta salad perfect for a summer side dish | Lemon Basil Pasta #secretrecipeclub

Recipe from Hapa-tite (halved)


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