Pasta with Vegetables

Life is already complicated so let’s try to make life simple.
My son is allergic to tomatoes but yet he still loves spaghetti or angel hair pasta. So, instead of serving spaghetti with tomato sauce, I served pasta with vegetables, what ever I had in the refrigerator.  No need to follow the exact instructions. Be creative.

Life is a combination of magic and pasta~Federico Fellini

Photographed by Calvin Hanson


1 pound angel hair pasta
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemon, zest
Kosher salt and pepper
A handful of walnuts
1/2 small cabbage, chopped
1 bunch of kale, Swiss Chard
1 small onion, or green onions
large raisins
3 large dates, cut small serve in a separate bowl

Parsley, chopped
Grated Parmesan, or Halloumi cheese from Cyprus


Cook the angel hair according to the package instructions. When the pasta is nearly done, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the lemon zest, raisins, salt, and pepper, the greens, and onions and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Serve in a separate bowl.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water, if needed. Remove the infused oil from the heat, add the pasta, and toss to coat, adding pasta cooking water, if needed. Grate just a hint of Parmesan or grated Halloumi cheese on the pasta before serving.  Add chopped parsley on top of pasta.

In a separate small bowl add the dates.    It is quick and easy, serve with a glass of wine.

Pasta with Mizithra Cheese

Angel Hair Pasta with brown butter and Mizithra cheese


Angel Hair pasta or Spaghetti (Soba, or buckwheat pasta)
Mizithra Cheese, Greek graded goat cheese
Olive oil


Cook the angel hair according to the package instructions, add salt and a little olive oil. In a separate frying non-stick pan add a stick of butter until lightly brown, add little of pasta water, sauté for a few minutes. Add a little of the Mizithra cheese with the butter, low simmer. When the pasta is done also add it a full plate of your pasta with the butter, then sprinkle Mizithra cheese and a little of Parmesan cheese then serve. Quick, and delicious.