There is nothing better than a fast, fresh and simple pasta recipe, and this pasta is wonderfully tasty and delicious. The tomatoes add a gorgeous sweet taste, and a generous zing of basil makes this dish come alive. It makes for a wonderful summer meal due to its lightness and freshness.
14 big ripe tomatoes – cut into halves, and then 6 pieces out of each half
4 cloves garlic – crushed
½ tsp chilli flakes – optional
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 cups of basil leaves – whole
1 x bag of good quality pasta
⅓ cup of the pasta water
1 Bring a large pot of salted water to a fast boil.
2 Add the pasta and stir well.
3 Cook pasta until al dente.
4 Drain and keep ⅓ cup of the pasta water.
4 Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil to the pasta and mix well.
5 Meanwhile – while the pasta is cooking – cut the tomatoes.
6 In a large pan – big enough to hold the pasta and sauce – add the 2 tbsp. olive oil.
7 Gently fry the garlic and chilli, to infuse the oil.
8 Add the chopped tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper.
9 Stir gently, check seasoning.
10 Do not overcook the tomatoes, just until warmed through and breaking up slightly, about 6 – 8 minutes.
11 Remove the tomatoes from the heat.
12 Add the pasta water.
13 Add the pasta to the sauce and sprinkle over the basil leaves.
14 Mix gently.
15 Serve immediately, with extra black pepper and fresh parmesan.