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A garden update & a tasty vegan pasta dish!

on 27/07/2012

Yellow courgettes & edible flowers!

My red cherry tomato plant filled with fruits!

My cherry tomatoes are so juicy & yummy!

My 1st red chili! Ooh yeah!

My red grapes plant & my bigger fig tree!

The 1st ripe Thornless Blackberry!!! yummy!

Thornless Blackberries!

Multicoloured beets!

My 2 green cougettes plants aren’t doing very well at all. We only ate 8 green courgettes aka 21 cm long but they tasted so good! The yellow courgette plant is going the same way, unfortunately! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ There was a disease on each plant. I tried to cure it but it didn’t work! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ย Maybe more luck, next year! ๐Ÿ™‚

A tasty & versatile vegan pasta dish!
Great with a BBQ!

Now, I have made this similar vegan dish a lot recently, when we have a BBQ! It is simple to make , you can add & change whatever you want in this pasta dish. You can eat it like this or use it like a side dish. It is great with home-made vegan burgers or with some grilled fish on the side & of course with some good non-vegan sausages too. It is best made a few hours before dinner, 3 hours is best!! Enjoy it however you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here we go:

Recipe: For 4 persons


a vegan red sun-dried tomato pesto, home-made or bought, about ย gr , this was half a pot of 190 gr. // If you are NOT eating vegan: a normal red pesto, you can make my home-made version: here!

400 gr string beans, top & ends removed, washed & cleaned/ These are flatter, longer green beans, in Dutch: snijbonen, cut into bite size pieces, crosswise

1 pot of artichokes in olive oil, well-drained, but keep the oil for later on, cut into smaller chunks

1 can of corn, well- rinsed & well-drained

black pepper

Maldon sea salt

Roasted garlic & pepper seasoning

400 gr of good pasta like Barilla, I used fusilli

about 10 smaller heirloom colourful tomatoes or home-grown cherry tomatoes, cut lengthways into 2

Cooked & cut up string beans: snijbonen!


1. I make this tasty pasta salad a few hours before dinner. Cook your pasta according to your packet instructions. Drain well & place into a big bowl.

2. Cook the cut up string beans in boiling water where you add 1 teaspoon of those roasted garlic & pepper seasoning,I also added a bit of Maldon sea salt. Cook until just tender.Drain. Add this to the cooked pasta. Add the drained corn as well. Mix with a spoon. Now, add about 3 tablespoons or 4 of the vegan red pesto to the pasta mix. Mix well with a spoon. Taste! It has to taste fab. I added about 1 teaspoon of that roasted garlic & pepper seasoning for added flavour. Mix. Taste again. I added some sea salt & some grins of finely black pepper. ย Finally, add your chunks of artichokes & mix. I also added 2 tablespoons of that artichokes oil for extra flavour. You need that! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yum! If you think, you need to: add extra tablespoons of that vegan red pesto. I added 2 to tablespoons. Mix well & taste again. it was fab. I placed cling film over the top & put it into the fridge to sit there for at least 3 hours. Remove from the fridge 15 minutes before dinner. I served this at a BBQ 3 times. Enjoy, people! ๐Ÿ™‚


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44 responses to “A garden update & a tasty vegan pasta dish!

  1. Your garden is growing WAY better than ours! The weather here has been too hot and too dry. Aside from a handful of tiny tomatoes and a few zucchini, it’s been a bust. (We planted a lot more than that.)

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thank you! But now, it is better weather but before we had 3 full weeks of non stopping rain! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      Too bad for your zucchinis & tomatoes! I hope there will be some good growing over there in your garden in the future weeks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Look at all the lovely vegetables you’re growing, Sophie! We haven’t had much luck with zucchini either. Delicious looking pasta! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love simple pasta dishes like that! Perfect summer meals. And oh my gosh, my cherry tomato plants are growing like crazy, too! They definitely taste sweeter than full-sized tomatoes.

  4. Hotly Spiced says:

    I loved the tour of your garden Sophie. It’s amazing how much you’re growing. Those beets will be wonderful when they’re ready to harvest. Love the blackberries. And your salad looks very yummy xx

    • Sophie33 says:

      I am growing even more stuff, like lots more colourful beets, salad leaves, red sorrel,rhubarb, etc! I am a keen grower & gardener too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Ina Gawne says:

    Sophie – your garden is wonderful! I must try growing beets in a long container – such a great idea! This year our weather has been dismal – still waiting for some sun and heat!

    • Sophie33 says:

      You need to do that! They need the room to grow bigger & bigger! ๐Ÿ™‚ We had 3 weeks of non-stop rain & now, we are haing 5 days of ful sun & it is hot: 30ยฐC!

  6. Katarina says:

    I would love to have your garden! Perfect summer pasta dish!

  7. Norma Chang says:

    My summer squashes are all not doing well, squash borers got them.
    Your tomatoes are far ahead of mine, still waiting for my first one to ripen. I have the thornless blackberry also, the fruits are so sweet. The birds love them too.
    That pasta dish looks delicious with all those home grown tomatoes.

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thank you, dear Norma! I knew that you had Thornless black berries too! Birds love them so much that we put a net over the blackberries!

  8. Tandy says:

    Your Garden is looking amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. What a productive and amazing garden! Love those berries.

  10. Saskia says:

    Lovely-looking garden Sophie. Can’t wait for Summer to hit here so I can indulge in pasta salads again. Yours looks great. Very pleased to see snijbonen! They’re tricky to get here in Australia and they remind me of my birth-place, Holland. *sniff*

  11. Lisa says:

    Your garden is looking amazing, Sophie..and this pasta salad using the gifts from your garden looks amazing too! I bet I’d be so healthy if Ilved with you ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Your garden looks great Sophie! And I love pesto, it adds such a lovely burst of flavour ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. I think your garden looks awesome, Sophie! Sorry about the lack of courgette success, but glad you enjoyed some anyway. Love the pasta dish … adding artichokes definitely makes it special! ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. Candy says:

    Lovely looking veg and sunshine in Belgium ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. kokob says:

    Sophie your garden is amazing!!! That’s too bad about the courgettes, but thornless blackberries- how cool!!! And this divine dish looks great too. Mmmmm pesto…

  16. Karen says:

    Considering all the rain you have had, your garden looks like it is doing well. Your pasta salad sounds great with all the vegetables in it.

  17. Oh those fresh veggies look SO GOOD! You are inspiring me to get planting this Spring!

  18. Barb says:

    I’m always impressed by your gardening skillz ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Kiran says:

    Your garden is flourishing my friend. So much better than mine ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. wonderful garden very impressive, and lovely appetizer can I have one?

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thank you, Rebecca! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can have those tasty appetizers! No problem! They are so easy to make too!

  21. toxicvegan says:

    Wow!!! You have so much! I have garden envy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Veggiewitch says:

    I’m in awe of your garden. โ™ฅ
    Those tomatoes are so beautiful. =0)

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