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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Fresh No-Cook Tomato Pasta Sauce

I love this time of year because of all the fresh tomatoes! One of our favorite dishes in the summer is one of the easiest to make. This pasta sauce is so easy to make and the flavors are so incredibly good. I typically serve it over spaghetti, it just seems to work better that way, but you can use whatever pasta you like. I make the sauce before starting the pasta so that it can sit and meld the flavors. After the pasta cooks,I place into a bowl or plate then top with the sauce so that it does not start cooking. You can change it up by adding fresh mozzarella, different colored tomatoes, red onions and so on.
Fresh No-Cook Tomato Pasta Sauce
1 1/2 lbs. fresh tomatoes, cored, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp. shallot, chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2-3 tbsp. fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
pinch crushed red pepper
Place all of the ingredients in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve over cooked pasta.

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