Pasta Fresca

"This recipe is so simple it demands good homegrown tomatoes and fresh basil. Perfect for summer."
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  • Put a large pot of water on the boil for the pasta.
  • Put aside 1 cup of the tomatoes and a couple of basil leaves.
  • Puree the rest of the tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil in a blender until smooth.
  • Season.
  • When the pasta water is boiling, stir in the pasta and cook until al dente[approx 10 minutes].
  • In the meantime cut the reserved basil into thin strips.
  • Drain the cooked pasta and toss it immediately with the mozzarella.
  • Add the sauce and mix well.
  • Top with the reserved tomatoes and basil.
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. Marz7215
    This was nice pasta dish. I sauted onions and garlic and added the tomato sauce and let it cok for a few minutes. This recipe will be great to make in the summer, when tomatoes are abundant. Made this for the pasta and potato event in the photo forum.


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