Ok, here is my first attempt at a “homemade” cooking video. When I say first attempt, I mean first attempt. Zoe and I pulled this together yesterday afternoon, and there weren’t any re-takes, we shot and edited with what we had. I’m proud to say that this video was filmed and edited by my 12 year old daughter, Zoe. Yay Zoe! Zoe is always shooting videos with her friends, and editing up a storm, so I asked her if she might want to earn a few bucks by filming some videos for the blog this summer. I think she did a wonderful job, and all in all, for our first video, I think it turned out pretty good. Making your first video is like putting together your first blog post or posting your first photograph. It can be a bit intimidating, but you have to start somewhere, so here you go. The video has a cute ending, so stick with it.
I love Ina Garten, and have quite a few of her recipes on this blog. Her recipes are easy to follow and perfect for the “everyday” cook. This pasta one of my favorite summer pastas, as the ingredients are simple and fresh and the flavors are amazing.
This pasta is the perfect make-ahead meal, as the tomatoes need to marinate with the olive oil and seasonings for at least 4 hours at room temperature. It’s also the perfect meal to serve up at a dinner party, because it’s virtually a one-bowl meal (less dishes to clean up) and so easy to prepare because all you have to do is throw in the capellini right before serving. Instead of slaving over the stove, you can spend quality time relaxing with your friends. That sounds great to me!
Ina’s summer garden pasta:
- 4 pints cherry tomatoes, halved – I used 2 pints
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil – I used 1/4 cup
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves) – I used 4 cloves
- 18 large basil leaves, julienned, plus extra for serving – I used 9 basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes – I used 1/4 teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt - I used 1/2 teaspoon
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 pound angel hair pasta or capellini
- 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
Serve up the pasta in large bowls and top with some Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
Another thing I love about this pasta is that you can usually get two nights out of it (at least in my family). Serve this up with some garlic bread and you have the perfect simple summer meal.
I chose not to speak in the video because honestly, I’m not ready to do that yet. Every time I hear myself on video I cringe. I say the words “you know” and “like” too much, so I have to work up the confidence to do a talking cooking video!