Fresh Tomato And Basil Linguini

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There is nothing better than a fast, fresh and simple pasta recipe. 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. No need to overcomplicate pasta, and this recipe will convince you that simple is sometimes better. It makes for a wonderful summer meal due to its lightness and freshness. By fast I mean, cooking the tomatoes briefly while the pasta is boiling away. That’s all the time you need, just the way I like it on those crazy hectic days!

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Serves 6

Ingredients –

  • 14 big ripe tomatoes – cut into halves, and then 6 pieces out of each half
  • 4 cloves garlic – crushed
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes – optional
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp pepper
  • 2 cups of basil leaves – whole
  • 1 x bag of good quality pasta – I used linguini
  • 1/3 cup of the pasta water

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Recipe –

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to the fast boil
  • Add the pasta and stir well
  • Cook until there is a slight bite in the pasta
  • Drain and reserve 1/3 cup of the pasta water
  • Add the table spoon of olive oil to the pasta and mix well
  • Meanwhile while the pasta is cooking, cut the tomatoes
  • In a large pan (big enough to hold the pasta and sauce) add the 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Gently fry the garlic and chilli, to infuse the oil
  • Add the chopped tomatoes
  • Add the salt and pepper
  • Stir gently, check seasoning
  • Do not over cook the tomatoes, just warmed through and breaking up slightly, about 6 – 8 minutes
  • Once the tomatoes are done, take them off the heat
  • Add the pasta water
  • Add the pasta to the sauce and sprinkle over the basil leaves
  • Mix gently
  • Add some extra black pepper
  • Serve Immediately, with fresh Parmesan

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Dee’s notes –

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  • You can use any pasta for this recipe, whole-wheat pasta works well here too
  • To prevent the pasta from sticking together once drained, keep a ½ cup of the pasta water and pour over the pasta once drained, as well as some olive oil and mix well
  • Make sure you don’t over cook the tomatoes, you want them to still be relatively firm and have texture
  • Serve with a green bean salad and French baguette for a larger meal

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