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Angel hair pasta with tomatoes and basil

2012 July 7

Pasta works out pretty well in the summer.  There’s no need to crank the oven and you really don’t have to stand over the stove and mind the pot while the noodles boil away.


So as natural as it may be to cook pasta on a summer evening, it sure took us awhile to decide what was for dinner.

You see the Omnivore is a bit *ahem* possessive over his tomatoes.  He grows them so I guess I should just let him be in charge of them, but it is tough.

He decides when they are to be picked from the bush, the order of which we use them, and whether a certain dish is worthy of his fruit.  By the way, we have a ton of tomatoes, so it isn’t as if a screwed up recipe would be the end of the world!


Generally speaking, the Omnivore doesn’t want his tomatoes cooked.  He wants them raw and au naturel.  The recipe highlighted the fruit just the way he wanted them and also included basil: a match made in heaven.

Pasta with Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce


6 ounces of pasta, cooked according to package directions
2 large tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup basil leaves, julienned
1 Tablespoon high quality balsamic vinegar
2 ounces chopped smoked mozzarella cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, vinegar, and cheese in a large bowl.
  3. When pasta is al dente, drain and toss with pasta sauce. Season with salt and serve immediately.


  • Anonymous
  • katie

    This looks perfect for summer!

  • Kate

    I feel like I would end up eating all the tomatoes when my husband wasn’t around if I were you.  I wonder if our marriage would last ;-)

  • Kerstin

    Yum, I made something similar and it’s just the perfect summer dish – so pretty with those gorgeous tomatoes!

  • Hezzi-Ds Books&Cooks

    This looks like a fresh, summer pasta.  The colors are gorgeous.

  • elly @ elly says opa

    Sounds perfect and summery, and the pic is gorgeous!

  • ATasteOfMadness

    This looks absolutely mouthwatering! I love pasta, I can`t believe I haven`t made any kind of pasta dish in such a long time!