Friday, August 19, 2011

Pasta ala Checca...and the Mackenzie-Childs Table

For many years, I have been enjoying a summer pasta dish that I refer to as Pasta ala Checca. My basil fairy watches over me throughout the summer :-)

The Pasta ala Checca "recipe" was shared by a nurse that I used to work with. Just minutes to prepare, and full of flavor. Never thought to blog about it until I saw a similar recipe on Savoring Time in the Kitchen.  Another summer pasta dish that I make quite often is from Giada DeLaurentiis, and is called Spaghettini with Checca Sauce.

Tonight I made Pasta ala Checca, and added some herbed breadcrumbs as mentioned on Savoring Time in the Kitchen's blog. Using homemade croutons, I put them in my food processor with a several basil leaves and minced into breadcrumbs.
The herbed crumbs are a nice addition.

Place fresh, chopped tomatoes and basil, minced garlic and olive oil in a bowl and let the wonderful flavors marinate for the day. I add a little sea salt. Serve over warm pasta with grated parmesan and herbed breadcrumbs. That's it! Sometimes I add a meatball or Italian sausage to the plate.  

  You may recall that I recently went to the Mackenzie-Childs Barn Sale and bought a Courtly Check table. Even though I don't have the chairs yet (they are on order), I decided to set the table tonight. The center piece is the abundance of tomatoes and basil that I will be using this weekend to make sauce for the freezer.  

Do you spy that little chandelier? I was shopping with the girls around the time of my birthday, and found it in a cute little shop. It will always remind me of a special day in Sharon Springs with the girls.

This was the first year I grew Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes, and they are finally ready to pick. They took forever to mature! I am very impatient when it comes to tomatoes. LOL

Thank you for stopping by!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Thanks for the mention, Debbie! I loved those herbed crumbs - something I've never tried before with pasta. I will be making this dish several times while my tomatoes are ripening.

    I don't have one ripe chocolate cherry yet :( but my Tumbling Tom is going gangbusters.

    Your new table is gorgeous! You have become quite the MC household :)

  2. I am so envious of you....I just want to stare at these photos and pretend it is all mine!! Looks lovely - and what chairs did you order? Enjoy your dinner, it looks delish...and agin, if your table disappears some day, don't think I took it :-)

  3. I love your MC tablescape, Debbie! The pasta looks delicious...I have just started using seasoned breadcrumbs, don't know what took me so long.

  4. The table is so pretty! And I love the centerpiece, even though I don't eat fresh tomatoes, I do think they are beautiful!
    The pasta looks good too! I always mince up some fresh herbs in the breadcrumbs. It gives it such a summer taste even in the dreaded winter!
    Cute jars for the smores, I bought those giant marshmallows at CTS too, and the big sticks! Now where did I put them?

  5. I'm new to your blog Debbie but I love it already.
    The colours alone are amazing, even before you get to the content and recipes.
    Here in Melbourne I've just planted my tomatoes, so I must be patient and I'll have a little wait, but I'm hoping for a good harvest, fingers crossed.
    The pasta and herbed breadcrumbs are definitely on my to-do list too. Thanks =D

  6. Well, girl, it took me 5 minutes to get back up off the floor and into my chair after I fainted when I saw your beautiful table.
    You always throw me into CC LUST..
    It just takes my breath away..I pinned your photos...:))

    The food looks fabulous, too.
    'xoxo, bj

  7. LOVE your new MC table, Debbie--so adorable! Hey, I can't leave comments on my own blog for some strange reason, but I wanted to tell you those ball topiaries on my front porch are from Lowe's, and I think they're little cypress trees. Deer LOVE them, so I keep them up high, out of their reach. Hope that helps!

  8. Why didn't you link this to Tablescape Thursday? It is so pretty!


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