Angel Hair with Balsamic Tomatoes

Recipe by ThatBobbieGirl
READY IN: 35mins




  • Open the can of tomatoes.
  • Do not drain, but dump the whole thing in a non-metallic bowl.
  • Stir in the balsamic vinegar, black pepper, basil, and salt if you really think you need it.
  • Most canned tomatoes have enough salt for this, and if you're using no-salt tomatoes, its probably because you're not SUPPOSED to have the salt.
  • So drop the salt shaker, buddy.
  • Let the tomatoes, et al, stand about 10 minutes.
  • Sauté garlic in olive oil until translucent.
  • Do not brown.
  • Remove skillet from the burner, leaving garlic and oil in pan.
  • Set aside.
  • If you haven't already, put on a pot of water to boil for the pasta.
  • A big pot, so it has lots of elbow room.
  • People should stick together, not pasta.
  • Hmmm, that should be a commercial.
  • Drain the tomatoes, catching the juice in the skillet with the sauteed garlic.
  • Bring this to a boil and then simmer until the liquid is reduced by about 1/3.
  • It needs to do this in order to concentrate the flavors a bit.
  • While the liquid is reducing, drop the pasta into the boiling water, and cook according to package directions, just until al dente.
  • When the pasta is done, drain and keep hot if the sauce is not done yet.
  • Once the liquid has reduced enough, add the tomatoes, and heat briefly.
  • You want them to get HOT, not MUSHY.
  • Pour all this over the hot pasta and toss.
  • Serve immediately, nice and hot, passing parmesan to let everyone top their own.
  • This goes nicely with my Green Bean Compromise and a tossed salad with my Extremely Bad Breath Garlic& Green Olive Dressing, but serve what you like.
  • I won't mind.