Summer Pasta Dishes: Chef Santiago Gomez Shares 3 Mediterranean Diet Recipes

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The benefits of the Mediterranean diet are endless and the best part pasta is a staple! Photo: Courtesy

Indulge in a savory Seafood and Brie Cheese Lasagna, get your seafood fix with a Seafood Tagliatelle Pasta recipe or maintain your beach body with the meatless Angel Hair Pasta with Cilantro and Lime Butter recipe, whichever option you choose will be perfect.

 Chef Santiago Gomez knows the benefits of pasta and now that Summer is in full swing, he and Passion for Pasta want to share a wide range of Mediterranean Diet pasta recipes that will fit every summertime meal.

Find recipes below and enjoy you summer meal.

  • Seafood & Brie Cheese Lasagna

Seafood & Brie Cheese Lasagna Seafood & Brie Cheese Lasagna Photo: Courtesy

INGREDIENTS

1 box Barilla Blue Box Oven-Ready Lasagna

1 bar salted butter

1 medium white onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1 small parsley fist, chopped (save some for garnish)

4 medium white potatoes, peeled and cut in small cubes

2 bags (2oz each) Frozen pre-cooked seafood medley (shrimp, imitation crab, octopus, calamari, mussels or any other desired seafood mix)

¾ cup Manchego cheese

¾ cup Brie cheese

2 cups cooking White wine

1 cup sour cream

Black pepper and Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat a large deep saucepan on low heat. Add the butter, garlic, onion and potatoes until all the ingredients take a light caramel color, add the seafood medley (thaw one night before cooking).

2. Add the white wine and the sour cream and keep cooking on low heat until the wine evaporates. Once taken off heat add the parsley, salt and pepper and set aside.

3. In a large, squared glass baking dish, add a layer of lasagna pasta until it covers the bottom, add a thin layer of seafood mix, Manchego cheese, Brie cheese and cover again with a layer of pasta, repeat the procedure and finish with sour cream and a layer of brie cheese.

4. Once finished, cover with aluminum foil and put into the oven at 375º for 20 minutes. Once these 20 minutes are over remove the aluminum foil and put back in the oven for 10 more minutes at the same temperature or until the cheese turns a brown color. Garnish with some fresh parsley leaves.

5. Take it to the table and enjoy!

  • Seafood Tagliatelle

Seafood Tagliatele Seafood Tagliatele Photo: Courtesy

INGREDIENTS

1 box Tagliatelle Barilla Blue Box

Fresh shrimp (deveined) 1/2Lb.

Sea scallops (quartered) 1/2Lb.

Black mussels 1/2 Lb.

1 garlic clove (chopped)

1 small White onion (thinly sliced)

½ cup olive oil

3 tsp unsalted butter

1.5 cups Dry White Wine

1 can Tomato puree

Salt to taste

Black Pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a pinch of salt.

2. Add pasta to boiling water and cooked as directed.

3. In another pot heat oil and butter over medium heat, add chopped garlic and onion until transparent.

4. Raise heat to medium-high and add tomato puree, white wine, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes or until boiling (that’s when the alcohol evaporates)

5. Add all the seafood and once the mussels are open (4 minutes) add the stirred pasta, mix well and serve.

6. Garnish with fresh rosemary and Enjoy!

  • Angel Hair Pasta with Cilantro and Lime Butter

Angel Hair Cilantro-Lime Butter Angel Hair Cilantro-Lime Butter Photo: Courtesy

INGREDIENTS

1 box Angel Hair Barilla Blue Box

Butter (1 cup)

Cilantro 1 fist (chopped)

Lime (5 slices, about 1-2 limes)

Garlic, 1 head (chopped)

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a pinch of salt, add the pasta and cook as directed.

2. In another pot heat butter over low heat, add chopped garlic and cook until light brown color then add the lime juice, salt and pepper.

3. Pour the melted butter into a blender with the chopped cilantro and mix until it’s a puree.

4. Return the mixture to the pot over low heat, add the cooked pasta and serve with fresh parmesan cheese.

5. Enjoy!

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.