Right before I dug in

It’s not like the sun is not shining and the temperature not balmy, but the mornings are darker and the days are getting shorter and we have entered Autumn, which makes me feel I need to stock up on the last produce Summer has to offer. Soon tomatoes will be watery and tasteless and the yellow and red grape local variety that beckoned at the market was too good-looking to resist.

Enough of mozzarella, caprese and salads and, for the last of the juicy ones, I reverted to, guess what?, my mother’s method of cooking tomatoes for a simple and delicious pasta.

Halve the tomatoes and chop half a yellow onion very fine. Heat some olive oil in a wide pot, sautee the onions until translucent and then add a smashed garlic clove.

Sweating the onionIn go the halved tomatoes – cook them on medium heat until the juices are released and  the skin is wilted, about 20 minutes. Remove the garlic clove an add salt and pepper to taste.

In go the tomatoes

Cook a pasta shape of your choice in abundantly salted water, drain it and put it  in the tomato pot with a sinful knob of butter. Mix thoroughly until the pasta is fully coated.

Dish it out and finish it with some fresh basil or Parmesan.




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3 responses to “FRESH TOMATO PASTA

  1. What a simple and delicious idea! We just experienced our first garden and have tons of tomatos – I’m going to try this. Thanks!

  2. Annamaria

    If you have tons of tomatoes you can also make a great pasta with raw tomatoes:
    chop the tomatoes, add olives, capers, garlic, basil, chilli and olive oil. (if you are using salted capers wash them carefully and do not add salt to the sauce)
    In the meanwhile cook the pasta shape of your choise (it is better a short one like maccaroni) in abundantly salted water, drain it and put it in the tomato pot. Mix and… eat it

    You can eat it hot or let it rest untill cold.

    What do you think Claudia the chef? 🙂

  3. That is also a recipe my mother resorts to often and I love it. The key, clearly, is perfectly ripe and sweet tomatoes

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