I have been amusing myself lately by talking about my "Pasta Garden." You've heard of a Salad Garden (full a healthy assortment of lettuces) and a Salsa Garden (which is primarily tomatoes and hot peppers). Well, right now my small garden is producing lots of tomatoes, basil and zucchini. To me, that means pasta.
I absolutely love the fact that I can "eat what I grow," so I react by making a quick saute of olive oil, diced zucchini, cherry tomatoes ("Sweet 100") and fresh basil (with a dash of hot pepper flakes, sea salt and black pepper) and serve it over angel hair pasta (and it doesn't hurt that the box of pasta was $1 at Walmart). So dinner is basically free and I feel a little "green" (I'm sure this dinner reduced my carbon footprint somehow, right?) and a lot smart.
If you have space for one pot outside, check to see if your garden store still has a "Sweet 100" and a pot of basil for sale. You too can have your own very "Pasta Garden."