Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Little Pasta Music, Please...


I REALLY LIKE TOMATOES, I like them cooked and I like them fresh off the vine, warmed by the Tuscany sun (I can dream, can't I?) 

This recipe contains everything we all love.  If you don't love this, you're not an earthling.  When we heat the ingredients in an oven, over a thin crust...voila, it's pizza!  And when we cook the pasta, we have this delightful recipe.  Eat it hot, cold, room temperature..your choice.

Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta

1 lb. pasta (of your choice)
1 1/2 lbs. tomatoes, halved, seeded, and chopped
8 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into small pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup basil leaves, thinly cut
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp. salt
Black pepper

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tsp. salt and pasta.  Cook until al dente. 
2. While pasta is cooking, combine tomatoes, mozzarella, garlic and basil in a large bowl.  Add olive oil and salt to taste to mixture.
3. Drain pasta, add to tomato mix, and toss.  Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.  Hot/ cold (as a salad)/ room temp.  Serves 6.

Wine..I've been drinking a nice Syrah lately..mmm...


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24 comments:

willow said...

Mmm...this sounds like my kind of simple elegant pasta.

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
Simple is the key for me this summer!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I agree simple but wonderful...I think cold would best suit me in these days ahead.Thank you! Recently at Whole Foods I had peach and tomato chopped salad with a bit of basil...topped with a citrus dressing...very refreshing. I love tomatoes!

alaine@éclectique said...

Beautifully simple...argh!.. just noticed that Willow said it already. Must look up Syrah; new to me. xa

Lyn said...

Hi Mary Ann-
Boy, does that sound good! Peaches and tomatoes..now that's heaven..I'm easy!!

Lyn said...

Hi Alaine-
Thanks..yes, easy does it!
Syrah is a dry red, also easy..I've tried Mont Pellier 2007 a Cal., very inexpensive!!

jinksy said...

Mouthwatering! And it's lunchtime - my tum is rumbling, but will have to do with what I can find in the fridge! LOL

Derrick said...

Sounds perfect for topping bruschetta Lyn. Once, in Tuscany, we stopped in a simple Enoteca and had such a delicious glass of vino with ham, mozza and tomato bruschetta that we had to have a second !

Derrick said...

Oops, and I meant to say, for Alaine, that she will know Syrah as Shiraz!

Lyn said...

Hi jinksy-
I bet you have some good stuff in the fridge...I try to keep these key items around!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
I wouldn't pass up that treat..and maybe a chocolate something for dessert..tiramisu!! Or a peach..crikies..stop me now!!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick
Thanks for the info for Alaine...

BuddhaPublicist said...

I agree about tomatoes, but only local tomatoes in the summertime. Then they are so sweet and flavorful that you can put them on almost anything and the result is delicious. I tried a recipe for pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil, and ricotta cheese. It was rich and decadent and a big hit, even with a five-year-old boy who was visiting us!

Lyn said...

Hi BuddhaPublicist-
I see that you're a previous NYer..so you know every street corner has a fruit and veg stand..they are so great this summer..ricotta/yes! Thanks...

Jeane said...

yes! simple - this really feels like the hazy warm summer days! yum xxo

alaine@éclectique said...

Ah, Shiraz, now you're talkin'!

Lyn said...

Hi Alaine-
Now that that's settled...cheers!!

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
I think I can manage this yummy combo in cooler weather, too! The tomatoes are so great here this year..

Paul C said...

Tomato, garlic, basil...under the Tuscan sun...wonderful recipe.

Sam Liu said...

This sounds delicious. I am a lover of Italian food, so I'll definitely be trying this out. Thanks for the marvellous recipe! :)

Lyn said...

Hi Paul-
So good and so easy..thanks!!

Lyn said...

Hi Sam-
You won't be sorry with this one..glad you're going to try it!

Jingle said...

yummy.

Lyn said...

Hi Jingle-
Absolutely!!

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