Thyme for Pasta and an Award

We have a slightly shorter growing season here in Minnesota because of our long winters and cold springs. We only start growing vegetables and herbs around mid May. As I knew we will be away in June, it was pointless to grow anything then as they would not have survived the 3 weeks without some tender loving care. So, no homegrown vegetables or herbs this year as it is a little late to try and start growing anything now. The only exception is thyme, as these hard-working herbs planted last year came back…woohoo! These guys are really hardy and survived the harsh winter!

The boys have been requesting for pasta ever since our return. They enjoyed some of the most delicious Asian foods out there but now they are hungry for some good ol’ home-cooked local fare. I had to oblige. After 30 minutes of cooking, there were two happy campers and one amazed but happy mom! They polished their plates in 10 minutes flat and would have gone for seconds if there was more. Aaaahh…the joy of cooking for teenagers with healthy appetites!

Thyme and Lemon Pasta
8 oz penne pasta (I used gluten-free brown rice penne)
4 oz shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ boneless, skinless chicken breast
12 grape tomatoes, halved
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp coarsely chopped thyme
¼ tsp chipotle chili pepper
½ tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried thyme
pepper, freshly ground
grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta as per packaging instructions. Drain and set aside.

Butterfly chicken breast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and ½ teaspoon dried thyme on both sides. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a non-stick pan and pan fry chicken breast for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove and slice.

In the same pan, add remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil. Sauté garlic for one minute. Add shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes. Shrimps should curl and turn pink. Add ½ teaspoon dried thyme, red pepper flakes, and grape tomatoes. Cook for another minute. Return pasta to the pan. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir to mix ingredients thoroughly. Add fresh thyme and lemon juice. Stir, turn off heat, and remove. Serve pasta topped with sliced chicken and parmesan cheese.

And now for the award…..

I want to thank these three (or rather 5) wonderful bloggers for sharing this award with me.

1. Julie at Mommie Cooks!. Julie’s blog is always so fun to read and I enjoy her food adventures with her three adorable boys.

2. The team of three – Magic of Spice, Truffle Shuffle, and Sugar and Spice at The Ardent Epicure. Their blog is relatively new to me but they have some fabulous recipes there.

3. Jillyann at The Homegrown Gourmet. Jillyann’s blog is full of very creative recipes with interesting stories on the origins and inspiration for that recipe.

I hope you will visit them soon.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!

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  1. sherry says

    Congratulations on your award and love your lemony pasta dish that's just right for summer nights! Best from Jefferson's Table.

  2. lequan@luvtoeat says

    Congratulations on your award Biren! You're definitely more than deserving of it. That's a beautiful pasta dish. Your boys are lucky to have a a mom who knows her way around the kitchen as well as you. I would've gobbled that down in record time too :-P. Have a lovely weekend.

  3. Namitha says

    Hi Biren ! how are you ? Just got back rom India..
    Congrats on your well desrved award ..That's a wonderful dish of pasta

  4. Lazaro says

    Lemon & thyme pasta looks amazing. One of my favorite ingredient combinations. Thyme & lemon is magic. So is lemon thyme actually.

    Congrats on your award. Well deserved.

  5. jillyann says

    Congratulations on the well deserved award and the pasta looks so good. I may have to throw some pasta at my bunch tonight. My step-sons leave tomorrow and they have eaten everything that wasn't nailed down since arriving. Maybe I can make enough pasta to fill them up??

  6. sweetlife says

    congrats on your award…the pasta look great..fresh and dried thyme, yum and I love both chicken and shrimp…great recip, sorry about your garde…next year

  7. Haruna says

    Pasta looks great! And coming from the garden too! I could do with some home-cooked food right now…. :)

  8. penny aka jeroxie says

    Congras on the award and that is a beautiful dish. I have both thyme and lemons in my back yard! YAY

  9. Stella says

    Hey Biren, this sounds delicious, or maybe I should say pretty groovy in the realm of all things pasta! By the way, what type of brown rice penne do you use? I've never seen that…

  10. IJust LoveMyApron says

    COngrats on the awards Biren! I just started growing herbs on my back yard. Hopefully they survive; cross my fingers :) I know how your boys feel. Asian food is great but I prefer to switch to something else occasionally and sometimes often..oops..hehe

  11. Magic of Spice says

    What a wonderful and refreshing dish for warm weather…isn't thyme the greatest, grows through most anything:) And the award was well deserved:)

  12. rotinrice says

    Hi Stella! I used the De Boles rice penne. I took a closer look at it and found that it is actually made of rice flour and rice bran. It's all natural, no preservatives or chemicals added. I don't know why but I always thought it was made of brown rice. I do use brown rice elbows purchased at the bulk section of the health food store I go to. I can't remember if the bulk penne is made of brown rice. I'll check and let you know.

  13. Patty Price says

    Congratulations on your well deserved award! Wonderful ingredients in your pasta dish, looks like a delicious family meal.

  14. the lacquer spoon says

    Wow, love your pasta which goes well for hot summer and congrats to your award winners!! Happy weekend :)

  15. Judy / BebeLoveOkazu says

    Congrats on your award! I'm ashamed that I have not yet written my award post. :( Glad your boys are back. The pasta looks fresh and hearty. Yummy!

  16. Julie M. says

    Thanks for the shout out Biren! You absolutely deserve the award; I love your blog! And this pasta dish, YUM! Your beautiful picture makes me want to grab a bite straight from the screen. Have a wonderful weekend!

  17. denise fletcher says

    Congrats on the award Biren – definitely well deserved!

    Love the pasta recipe! Lemon and thyme together sound wonderful and I am so envious that you have the space to grow things *sigh* I can only dream!

    I have to agree – few things beat cooking for hungry and appreciative teenagers :)

  18. Anna says

    Oh Biren, your thyme looks glorious, rosemary is also a very woody herb that survive the cold .I had some planted when I was living in NY. Your pasta looks delicious. Congrats on the award.

  19. Reeni says

    What a delicious and comforting pasta dish! Packed with lovely flavors. Pasta makes me happy too! Congrats on your well deserved award!

  20. The Mom Chef says

    That's another gorgeous pasta dish. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. My thyme will be put to good use.

  21. Mary says

    Biren, congratulations on your well-deserved award. I love your herbed pasta and I hope the day treats you well. it's a shame there'll not be a summer harvest this year. Next summer :-) Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  22. momgateway says

    …what an outstanding pasta dish, Biren…love the addition of fresh thyme…makes a world of difference!!

  23. My Simple Food says

    hi!! The pasta looks delicious. I am sure your boys are really happy. Congrats on the awards too

  24. Mary says

    Congratulations on your well-deserved award, Biren. Your pasta sounds wonderful and I'm not surprised you boys gulped it down. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

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