Easy Tomato Basil Pasta

Tuesday, August 14

I'm here with a super simple dish that I make for myself all the time. It's a quick and easy, go-to recipe, and calls for the best ingredients, well in my opinion.
Here's what you need:
About 4 tomatoes diced, plenty of extra virgin olive oil, chopped garlic (about 1 clove per person, or more if you're like me),  chopped basil, red pepper flakes (about 1 pinch per person), salt, parmisiano reggiano, pasta (penne or angel hair) 

Here's the best way to chop basil. It gives you those thin little strips of basil that just go perfectly on top of pasta. Since I've had my basil plant, we've been using it like, everyday. I try to find ways to sneak it into every recipe.

1) Wash and dry each basil leaf.
2) Stack the leaves, and roll them up like a cigar.
3) Then use a chef's knife to thinly slice the leaves.
Voila!

Chop the rest of your ingredients like so. I keep the garlic pretty course, since it's over the heat for so long. At this point it's a good time to boil your water, don't forget to salt your water!
Sauté garlic and red pepper flakes in the olive oil until fragrant, no more than 2-3 minutes, or it will burn. And there's nothing worst than burnt garlic.
Add your tomatoes and sauté until they begin to break down, not to long or they'll fall apart, and you'll be left with just skins.
Drain the pasta when it's 'al dente', and add the tomato mixture. Toss together in a large bowl with the basil. Serve topped with a generous amount of parmesan and enjoy!
I love this paired with chicken apple sausage and a fresh salad!

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I basically live off pasta

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  2. Yum, yum, yum! This is one of the staples of uni life! haha
    xxx

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  3. Yum!! I think I'll make this for dinner with an avocado salad!

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  4. Mmm...Looks yummy! I'll have to try it. I've got basil + tomatoes growing on my back patio :)

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  5. what I love about pasta - well, except the mouthwatering taste - is that they're so easy to make! this recipe sounds great.

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  6. Wait! Where did my comment go? Hope this isn't a duplicate - sorry if it is :-( I was just saying how delicious and easy this sounded, and that I hope you can find time to keep your adorable blog running with the school year starting. I've certainly been in seasons where blogging becomes a chore and has to take a back seat though, so I totally understand the battle! Hope your day is off to a great start!

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  7. How much pasta is recommended?

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  8. Looks delicious!! I may have to try this :) Thanks!

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  9. Beautiful and easy dish.........delicious and healthy also! Thanks!

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  10. this looks like it is out of a magazine. molto delizioso! :)

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  11. YUM! This looks so good! I love anything tomato basil!

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  12. Great pictures! I'm starving!

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  13. this recipe looks amazingly delicious.

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  14. Ooh my goodness, this looks heavenly! And now, I'm really hungry *_*

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  15. Wow, this looks absolutely delightful! :)
    Your photos are so pretty. I'm enjoying reading your blog.

    xx,
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  16. This is my favourite sauce for pasta!

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