This is a fun side-dish recipe to serve at backyard barbecues. Grill the vegetables first and then assemble while the meat cooks.
1/3 cup white-wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
Vegetables and Pasta:
2 sweet red peppers (about 1 pound), cored, seeded, sliced 1 inch wide
2 medium zucchini (about 1 pound), sliced lengthwise 1/2 inch thick
1 medium summer squash (about 1/2 pound), sliced lengthwise 1/2 inch thick
1 large red onion, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
3 medium tomatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds), cored and halved crosswise
1 pound linguine, cooked following package directions
1/4 cup firmly packed fresh basil, rinsed, dried, cut into thin strips
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
In medium-size bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Drizzle in oil, whisking until oil is thoroughly incorporated. Stir in garlic, thyme and oregano. Set aside half of the dressing.
Vegetables and Pasta:
Prepare outdoor grill with medium-hot coals or heat gas grill to medium-high. Lightly brush grill with vegetable oil. Generously brush peppers, zucchini, squash, onion and tomatoes with some of the remaining dressing.
Grill vegetables in batches about 3 minutes per side or until tender, about 18 minutes total. Brush vegetables with additional dressing halfway through grilling. Remove vegetables from the grill; keep warm.
In large bowl, toss together cooked pasta with reserved half of dressing and any remaining dressing used for grilling vegetables. Toss in basil and mozzarella cheese. Arrange grilled vegetables over top. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Heat stovetop grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush pan lightly with vegetable oil. Generously brush vegetables with some of the remaining dressing as above. Working in batches, cook vegetables about 3 minutes per side or until fork-tender. Brush with additional dressing halfway through cooking.
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 698, Fat, total (g) 36, chol. (mg) 27, sat. fat (g) 10, carb. (g) 75, fiber (g) 8, pro. (g) 21, sodium (mg) 588, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet