No-sweat Cooking, Day 4

31 dishes, 31 days – I’m cooking my way through Melissa Clark‘s “No-Sweat Cooking” from the August issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray

Pasta with pesto is a favorite this time of year, when fresh basil is so abundant most people can’t keep up with what their gardens are producing, but I have to admit I get bored with it sometimes. Melissa Clark’s no-sweat version has a couple of fun grace notes added in the form of crisp crumbled bacon and creamy ricotta – two additions that make this simple dish sing.

zucchini ribbons

I made a couple of minor changes to the original recipe, using ribbons of zucchini instead of asparagus since that’s what we had on hand, and adding a spritz of lemon juice to the pesto for brightness. The dish came together in minutes and had a wonderful combination of textures and flavors – it was just what I needed after a long day at the office.

Get the recipe: Arugula Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Bacon

5 thoughts on “No-sweat Cooking, Day 4

  1. Is this an official or purely-for-fun Raechal Ray promotion? Just curious…You know I’m a big fan of yours. I’m kind of gritting my teeth for a whole month of her.

  2. I’m pretty psyched to see how it goes and Marie, these are actually Melissa Clark’s recipes, not RR’s. Melissa’s no Jen Hess, but her recipes are still pretty good. 🙂

    Jen I’m also glad to see you’re already putting a gentle spin on some recipes: e.g. roasting your own chicken, subbing zukes for asparagus, etc.

  3. Paige Davis says:

    I made this recipe right out of the magazine. It was good, but we didn’t care for the asparagus. I love asparagus, but I didn’t like the ribbons of it. I will definitely try the zucchini next time.

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