HA! I totally don’t do dinner. Ever. All my friends always complain that all I post are recipes for snacks or desserts. This bowl of pasta though is something I can get down with–it’s simple, easy and can be thrown together in a few minutes.
Hooray for tomato season! I’ve been enjoying Smitten Kitchen Deb’s naked tomato sauce. It’s amazing how much butter adds to a simple pasta dish. I’m eager to try this one now! I especially like the special attention given to keeping a clean counter — how thoughtful of you :-)
Tim, I’ve been making a version of this for years that adds boccocini (or other fresh mozzarella cut to bite size) at the last minute, with the warm pasta just softening it. I’ll admit that my version doesn’t have the silky butter, which I suspect is the coup of your version. Next time, I try both!
We went from cold summer weather to suddenly very hot, which is good news for the 14 tomato plants in our garden which until this week sat green and hard. All of the sudden, red globes of all sizes and varieties are everywhere! Wish I could share with you from Oregon!
that sounds awesome! i do something very similar, but my sauce is totally raw and sans butter. i mince and then mash the raw garlic cloves into a paste and let that sit with tomatoes, salt, olive oil, basil, lemon zest and a little lemon juice for a good half hour. lately i have been using quinoa pasta and actually like the texture better than regular pasta! perfect for a hot summer day at the peak of tomato season! juts had a thought: black garlic would look and taste amazing in this dish!
simple dinners like this are often the best. i made a similar sauce the other night. following mark bittman’s instructions, i just throw chopped and mixed tomatoes, basil, sea salt, 2 whole cloves or garlic and lots of olive oil in a bowl. i let it sit for about 30 minutes, made pasta, removed the garlic cloves from the sauce and then assembled. it was perfect.
i know what you mean when you say that it seems as if you don’t eat dinner. i find dessert recipes and recipes that involve a lot of elbow grease always the most interesting to write about. one can only write so much about bread, cheese, sliced meats, and eggs.
I’m quite similar in my cooking/baking habits and I actually quite appreciate you expressing it here in a succinct way.
Creating epic meals each and every weeknight does not happen in my kitchen! I love food and appreciate quality but I eat more than my fair share of cereal, sandwiches and salads, saving myself for a sunday afternoon of baking.
This is EXACTLY my kind of weeknight meal. A simple, lovely pasta dish that doesn’t take much effort but tastes like it did. Flavour pow! right here.
Just finished this for dinner tonight. Simply put, it was absolutely A-MAZ-ING. Totally wonderful. I love how completely simple the recipe is and how robust the fresh flavors are. The garlic and basil shine and the butter adds just the right touch of richness. I used basil and big, juicy tomatoes fresh from my garden. Perfect. I have just now deemed this my “Best Summer Pasta… Ever” recipe. Thank you for sharing!!!