Sunday, September 15, 2013

Linguine with fresh Tomatoes & Basil for #SundaySupper #FamilyDinnerTable

AmFam Back To The Family Dinnertable LogoHappy Sunday!  This week I am participating an event sponsored American Family Insurance and it is to Bring back the Family Dinner Table.  This is right in line with #SundaySupper mission to bring back mealtime around the family table.  It is something that rings true to me; it is without question that we eat dinner at the table together every night. 
How can you get your family and children involved in the kitchen?  Children love to copy their parents, and when they see the adults in their lives work in the kitchen they want to help.  I have had my children with me in the kitchen from the time they were infants.  They first joined me in their bouncy chair, and then in the highchair in the kitchen and saw me prepare meals.  While I was cooking, Alena sat in her highchair and cut wooden fruit as well as vegetables with her toy knife :) Mia Rose was "making" soup almost every day.  She liked to sit on the floor surrounded with her pots, pans, and cooking spoons; there she stirred and added ingredients until the imaginative soup was done :)  Today both girls love to help me in the kitchen and allowing them to actually help you know, do real work, is so empowering to them.  One of the things both girls love to do is to chop fruits and vegetables; mix salad dressings; make dough and roll it out.  My children are so excited when we eat meals they helped prepare.  It is just wonderful to see that and of course letting children have a voice in the dinner choice is - at least in my house - a factor in getting them involved in the kitchen. What about you?  How do you get your children involved in the kitchen?
Do you have a favorite family recipe you are ready to share? Get ready to share it with American Family Insurance as they are having  a "Share Your Recipe" sweepstakes for 6 weeks.  The weekly prize is a $100 Williams-Sonoma gift card plus a grand prize of a $500 Williams-Sonoma gift card.  For details please visit American Family Insurance

And the dish today?  It is a favorite of my children - Linguine with fresh Tomatoes and Basil.  Mia Rose helped chop the tomatoes while Alena assisted at the stove...

Linguine with fresh Tomatoes & Basil

  • 1 box Linguine
  • 1 lb ripe tomatoes {I used heirlooms}
  • 1 medium onion; a fresh onion with some greens attached is perfect
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 C Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Pinch of Sugar
  • 1/2 C or more fresh minced basil
  • Optional - 1/2 C grated Parmesiano Reggiano
Take a look at my assistant Alena preparing the fresh tomatoes
  1. Cut tomatoes into chunks without seeding them
  2. Cut onion into fine slices setting aside - if using - the sliced greens.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large pan and when warm 
  4. Add onions and sauté them at medium heat until they have softened
  5. Add tomatoes together with garlic as well as a pinch of salt and sugar. Combine well and leave at medium heat. Stirring occasionally.
  6. In the meantime prepare pasta according to directions cooking until pasta is just about al dente.
  7. Drain Pasta and set aside for a minute
  8. Remove tomatoes from the heat. Adjust salt and pepper, and add fresh basil.
  9. Add the drained pasta to the pan with the tomatoes & basil.  Toss everything well then transfer immediately to a serving dish.
  10. Top - if using - with Parmesiano Reggiano.
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do - take a look at Mia Rosie

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This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance.  All opinons are my own.


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