Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

August 8, 2014
Dinner, Lunch, Healthy, Vegetables, Mediterranean, Summer

Serves: 4 to 6

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, smashed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon red chile flakes
1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, cored and quartered
5 leaves basil, plus ¼ cup torn basil leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 lb rotini (fussili) pasta
Grated parmesan or Romano cheese

1. Stir together the oil, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper and red chile flakes in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes and 5 basil leaves and toss to coat in the mixture. Cover with plastic and let sit out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours to allow flavors to meld and for tomatoes to release their juices.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon of kosher salt. Add the pasta and cook until slightly under al dente, about 8 minutes. Remove 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and drain the pasta well.

3. Heat a large sauté pan over high heat, add the tomato juices to the pan and bring to a simmer. Add the pasta and some of the pasta water to the pan and toss to coat the pasta, cook until juices are completely absorbed, about 2 minutes.

4. Add the pasta to the bowl with the tomatoes, the remaining basil, the parsley, vinegar and cheese and toss to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serve with more cheese on the side, if desired.