Saturday, August 8, 2009

Raw Tomato Sauce

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.


beinmyOWNself said...

not even garlic?

kclblogs said...

mmmmmmm, sounds perfect.

Claire said...

and tomato season is almost here! thanks for this!