Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Light and Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta

Remember that summer salad I blogged about on Monday?  Well that was the precursor for this lovely dish at our house this past Saturday night.  I picked up some fresh grape tomatoes and basil on that same trip to Jaemor Farms in hopes of putting together a simple and fresh pasta dinner fit for the blazing temps that weekend.

I typically think of pasta as a heavier dinner option, but the lack of a thick cream sauce keeps this light while allowing the bright flavors of the tomato, basil and garlic to really stand out.  Just because the ingredients list is super short doesn't mean this dish is short on flavor.

This pasta is filling enough on its own, but it's also the perfect palette for any protein you might want to add.  Fish or chicken would pair wonderfully with the flavors already present.


  Light and Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta CCK original
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1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for serving
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Mix together tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.  Allow ingredients to sit and meld together while pasta cooks.

*Make sure to salt water well before adding pasta.  It's your only chance to flavor the actual pasta as it cooks!

Toss tomato basil mixture with pasta, adding more olive oil if desired.  Top with parmesan cheese.

The parmesan cheese is my favorite part :)

Dig in!

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