Simple tomato pasta

tomatoes and basil
chopped tomotoes for pasta
One of my favourite things about summer time is how much easier it is to make dinner! I’m not a very good planner, so in the winter time when you need time to make soups and stews, I often fail to get dinner made on time.  In the summer, with fresh produce on hand, it’s so much easier to make simple, delicious meals.

One of the easiest summer meals we make is a simple pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil. The only actual ‘cooking’ required is to boil the pasta. Other than that, it’s a bit of chopping and that’s it. Here’s what you’ll need:

-fresh, ripe tomatoes (preferably vine ripened)
-fresh basil
-garlic (usually 3-4 cloves, and I like to use fresh garlic this time of year)
-olive oil
-sea salt & pepper
-pasta (spaghetti, linguine or something similar)
-parmesan cheese

tomato pasta

Chop the garlic finely. Sprinkle a bit of salt over the garlic and crush garlic a bit to make it more of a paste (the salt helps to do this). Add garlic to bowl. Chop tomatoes and basil and add to bowl. Add a bit of olive oil and stir tomatoes to create a sauce with the tomatoes, garlic and basil.  Boil pasta and drain. Add fresh tomatoes. Sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese. Enjoy! (So easy, right?!)

x Courtney

 

6 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Emma Davies | June 16, 2014 | Reply

This looks delish!!!! I can smell the fresh basil and tomatoes jumping out of the photo at me!! Need to keep nurturing my tomatoes plants so they can be put to good use. Simple recipes are the best! x

2. Amalie Hill | June 16, 2014 | Reply

Looks delicious and so easy to make! Will try this this week – thank you!
May I ask where you got your cloth napkins from. So beautiful x

3. Ann | June 17, 2014 | Reply

yummi! Exactly what I will have for lunchtime!
Love the different tomato colors.

4. Diana | June 18, 2014 | Reply

We tried this dish yesterday and it was so yummy!
Usually I sauteed the garlic in olive oil for a few minutes, before mixing with the raw tomatoes and basil. But this all raw version was a nice twist.
Thank you for the suggestion!
xxx Diana

5. Sarah Jane Priesack | July 2, 2014 | Reply

You should leave the tomatoes, whole garlic and whole basil leaves in the olive oil for a couple of hours so the flavours blend together. Take out the garlic before mixing everything up. Here in Italy we use Ricotta Salata instead of Parmigiano which is very tasty (but do not salt the water of the pasta as it is already very salty the cheese !) and it is called Pasta alla crudaiola… Lovely fresh summer recipe! You have to try it!
Ciao
Sarah

6. Kim | July 15, 2014 | Reply

I convinced my family to cook dinner with me last night and we had a lot of fun and it tastet great! Had to make it without garlic because my youngest doesn’t like it but it was still delicious! Thank you!!

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