I don't know about you, but between my neighbor's tomato plant and the abundance people bring at work, I have a LOT of tomatoes. (I'd like to add my tomato plant to the mix, but it's pretty weak in the production department - the taste though is outstanding!)
I've been looking for cheap and delicious ways to use them. Last week I checked out Alice Waters book "the art of simple food" and I knew I'd be able to find the perfect recipe. I made this tonight and it was exactly what I was looking for.
Raw Tomato Sauce
Makes about 2 cups
"this recipe is only for tomatoes that are at their absolute peak: dead ripe and full of flavor"
Core and cut into medium dice 2lbs raw tomatoes (I used 2 large)
Put them in a bowl and toss them with:
1/4 cup torn basil leaves
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Cover the bowl tightly and set aside for at least 1 hour before tossing with hot, fresh cooked, drained pasta. (I used penne)
seriously good. I think it tastes like summer. Had I had a few bits of fresh mozzarella I would've thrown them in with the pasta, but wouldn't dare add anything else.