Saturday, 19 May 2012

Fresh Tomato, Garlic & Basil Pasta

Serves 2


2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of unsalted butter
5 oz or 1/2 pint of ripe grape tomatoes halved
Sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper to taste
2 small garlic cloves minced
Spaghettini pasta, enough to serve two is usually the diameter of a quarter
6-8 leaves of fresh basil, chiffonade (sliced in thin strips)
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese


Heat olive oil & butter in a large non stick skillet 
Add halved tomatoes
Season with salt & pepper
Once the tomatoes have started to release their juices, add minced garlic and simmer until the tomatoes begin to wilt slightly
Add cooked pasta and toss well to coat pasta in the sauce
Add 3/4 of the basil and toss
Place pasta in a shallow bowl to serve, garnish with remaining basil and fresh Parmesan 

Enjoy! : ) 

Some of the best dishes we enjoy are simple, classic recipes that are quick to prepare and also are cost effective due to the limited amount of ingredients.  It doesn't mean they are any less delicious, filling and satisfying.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

You can substitute any fresh tomato for the grape tomatoes if you have others on hand from the market or your garden.  Just chop the larger styles such as Roma and quarter the cherry tomatoes if using.  You can also substitute fresh parsley (curly or flat) for the basil, although I love the fresh basil flavor in this dish.

Till next time....Ciao and Happy Cookin'

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