Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

This is freakin’ good. No, GREAT!

Not only is it delicious but it’s simple to make and looks lovely. It would be a nice entree for an impromptu dinner party – all you’d need is a light tasting wine, a loaf of crusty bread, and a salad tossed with a simple vinaigrette. (Get the guests to bring dessert.)

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce (adapted from an Epicurious.com recipe)

2 small garlic cloves
1 tsp. salt
3 lb. tomatoes
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 lb. pasta (either angel hair or thin spaghetti)
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
Finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
Additional Salt to taste

Mince garlic and mash to a paste with 1 tsp. salt using a large heavy knife. Coarsely chop two thirds of tomatoes. Halve remaining tomatoes crosswise, then rub cut sides of tomatoes against large holes of a box grater set in a large bowl, reserving pulp and discarding skin. Toss pulp with chopped tomatoes, garlic paste, oil, and pepper. Let stand until ready to use, at least 10 minutes and up to 2 hours.

While tomatoes stand, cook pasta in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until al dente. Drain in a colander and place in a serving bowl. Top with tomato mixture, followed by a sprinkling of basil. Before serving, toss ingredients to combine. Top with parmesan, EVOO, and salt to taste.

Makes 6 first-course servings.

Grade: A+

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Categories: Entrees, Grade Range: A- to A+, Pasta, Vegetarian

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5 Comments on “Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce”

  1. July 27, 2006 at 4:04 pm #

    Laura,Nothing, and I mean nothing, tastes like fresh tomato sauce. Well done!

  2. July 27, 2006 at 6:20 pm #

    It looks beautiful.Definately have to try this.

  3. July 27, 2006 at 8:40 pm #

    Looks lovely. Sadly I am deathly allergic to raw tomoatoes 😦

  4. July 28, 2006 at 12:48 am #

    Sounds fabulous. I often cut up fresh tomatoes on the side of pasta dressed with olive oil and parmesan. This takes it a step farther and I can’t wait to try it.

  5. July 28, 2006 at 4:11 pm #

    Ohhh that looks simply wonderful. I can just taste the fresh flavors of the dish.. way to go, LR!

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