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Friday, July 29, 2011

Fresh Tomato Pasta...

This is just the freshest, most delicious summer pasta you can make. Combining a little of Ina's recipe and a little of Giada's recipe sent this easy, light pasta over the top.  Here are the ingredients.
  • 3 pints of cherry tomatoes  ( I used regular and heirloom cherry tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 18 basil leaves, sliced thin.  (Save a little for garnishing or just add another extra hand full)
  •   salt and pepper to taste
  • Pancetta diced and fried, to equal about six slices of cooked bacon that has been diced.
  • 2 large hand fulls of arugula  ( I just reach into the bag and grabbed one hand full, then another)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1lb. angel hair pasta, cooked and drained well.  I saved some of the cooking water and added a little to the pasta, tomatoes and cheese.  Maybe between 1/4 of a cup to about 1/2 cup. 

Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil,salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for about 4 hours. Just before your 4 hour waiting time is up cook your pasta according to directions or al dente.  Drain your pasta and mix with tomatoes in the large bowl.  Add the arugula, cheese and pancetta.  Top with extra basil and cheese.  You are going to love this dish!!!

26 comments:

  1. I love the masses of tomatoes, arugula and basil in this dish, it's my favorite kind of pasta. I do think cherry tomatoes have the best flavor and texture, too. Your photos are great.

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  2. Oh, this is my type of dinner. Now that the tomatoes are here, I am having a least one a day. Beautiful pictures!

    Carol

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  3. This is right up my ally! Fresh simple summer ingredients, pasta and cheese! How can you go wrong? Yum!

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  4. i cannot wait to try this...the luscious photos and just reading the recipe...i feel joyful already, and i have not even picked up a fork! summer bliss. thank you for sharing!
    -xok.

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  5. My husband would not enjoy this (he doesn't know what he's missing!); but to me, this is the most perfect pasta ever. Love this

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  6. Oh Susan, the colour is divine and it sounds yummy too!! LOL

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  7. MMM YUMMY! Looks good !
    Have a great day !

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  8. That looks wonderful .... and so simple too! I had to google arugula, we call it rocket over here!
    xxx

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  9. WOWZERS!!!! will you look at that... surely the ultimate taste of summer on one plate... heaven!

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  10. so perfect!!! :) the perfect way to start the weekend!!

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  11. Looks refreshing and healthy.........Just to share with you folks, i have a new post today on Amish Stories from the Terre Hill days even that was just held in Lancaster Pennsylvania. It was a very hot day but i was able to get i think a few good images from this event. The town is populated with a mix of Amish and old order Mennonites which only adds to its charm. They even have what has become famous in Terre Hill their "outhouse race". The town sits on a hill so it overlooks Lancaster farmland in almost all directions. This is one of my favorite towns to visit because its free from commercialism, so if you are looking for a really all American kind of town with the added bonus of seeing its Amish and Mennonite residents at work and play, then this town is for you. Thanks folks. Richard from Amish Stories.

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  12. Oh my! This looks absolutely glorious, I want a plate so bad! x

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  13. Oh, gosh! EVERYTHING is better with pancetta in it! That is a lovely, colorful pasta. Hubby makes a homemade one, too. He doesn't add arugula, however...we LOVE pasta! That looks yummy! What time is dinner? We'll be there!

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  14. That looks so yummy, I can't wait to tomato season to try this dish yum, your photos are great.

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  15. I made a recipe very similar to this the other day with pesto sauce in it...yours looks way better. YUM

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  16. I imagine they serve this in Heaven. I can't wait to make this!

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  17. I do love it! Looks fantastic with all those gorgeous tomatoes.

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  18. Oh my does this look delicious! A perfect summer evening meal. I need to go and have a little talk with my cherry tomatoes, ripen please! Hope you are enjoying the summer, Julie.

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  19. How beautiful. I'm with Rebecca - it shouts summer. I will definitely give this a try.
    Sam

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  20. oh..this is one of my most favorite dishes...it looks wonderful...i could go for a plate of that right now !!!! and it's only 9:30 in the morning !!!!!!

    susan....our local apple farm opens TODAY !!!! guess what i'm doing today ?????

    happy to visit and always a pleasure to see you at Farmhouse Kitchen, my friend

    sending love,
    kary and teddy
    xx

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  21. All of those little cherry tomatoes are just gorgeous- I love all of the different colors! This looks so summery and delicious. :)

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  22. I'd find it so easy to eat pasta dishes every day. I love the stuff. x

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  23. We have a bunch of tiny tims but they are still green. Saving this recipe for sure; love it.
    Rita

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  24. this looks so simple and colourful and fresh and delicious!

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