Back to that fresh summer meal… *mouth water*
There is nothing like a home cooked meal, but in the summer the idea of turning on an oven or a stove for too long is almost unbearable. I mean, come on, heat and humidity + hot stove? That could be cause for disaster. So, what about a fresh, uncooked, tomato basil sauce for your pasta?
Pretty sweet, am I right??? Oh, it doesn’t take long or require many tools either. This has been on my “favorite summer meals” list since I was a little kid. I can’t forget to mention that this recipe originated from a family friend who put this in a cookbook. Also, giving props to my mama for always whipping together a delicious meal and sharing the recipes (and also for teaching my husband how to like vegetables at the age of 21)!
◊ What You’ll Need ◊
• 3 cloves garlic, peeled
• about 1 cup finely chopped basil leaves
• ¼ of a cucumber, cut up (not necessary)
• 6-8 large, ripe tomatoes, cut in quarters (peeled if desired)
• ½ cup olive oil
• 1 lb pasta
• salt and pepper to taste
• grated parmesan cheese
◊ Directions: ◊
¤ First, you want to get your water for pasta on the stove and bring that to a boil while you are preparing your sauce. Since this is a more chunky, loose sauce, you want to choose a pasta that will hold the sauce well. I prefer gemelli, penne, or a rotini shape for a good hold.
¤ Cut up tomatoes, chop basil leaves, and peel your garlic cloves.
¤ Next, if you have a food processor, use that to blend ingredients. If not, a blender or even a knife, cutting board, and some good knife skills will efficiently suffice.
– Blender : Put the olive oil, basil and garlic in the blender for a few seconds. Then gradually add in 3 or 4 pieces of tomato at a time. Once you have a nice, chunky, well-mixed mixture, season to taste with salt and pepper.
– Food Processor : Place garlic and basil in the processor and chop with the steel blade until they are finely chopped. Then, add the tomatoes and process for a few seconds only (you want to keep the tomatoes semi-chunky for some good flavor and texture). Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
– By Hand : Mince the garlic and the basil. Coarsely chop the tomatoes up and combine them with your olive oil. Again, add salt and pepper to that mixture at the end.
¤ After that, you can finish cooking your pasta, let the sauce stand for a little, and pour it over your pasta. Finish it off by adding some freshly grated parmesan cheese. Yummmm!