I love all my children equally. Except that I love this one the most. The seasonal tomatoes and fresh basil really anchor it as a summer dish, and it’s great warm or cold. You could use the sauce with squash “spaghetti” if you need a raw option, and it’s perfect for potluck pasta salads: tastes great straight from the fridge as well as warmed by the sun!
Summer Pasta with Basil and Raw Tomato Sauce
3 medium tomatoes, green or yellow
1/2c green or red onion (or vidalia??)
2-3 garlic cloves, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (or santa fe wax pepper, or poblano??)
1c fresh basil
1/3c olive oil
salt to taste
2 yellow tomatoes
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 red bell peppers (or purple! or yellow! or green! or orange!)
fresh ground pepper
1/2lb cavatelli (or rotini, or bowties??)
For the blender!:
Chunked tomatoes, onion, garlic, diced pepper, rinsed basil, olive oil. Puree your sauce, and see if you’d like some extra salt in there (keeping in mind your future parmesan addition). Ideally you’ll make this a day in advance, as this sauce, like gazpacho and guac and salsa, matures overnight, and the garlic and onion flavors are able to permeate the mixture. If you are worried about using a jalapeno, 1. we are very different people, and 2. do whatever you want. You can totally skip the pepper, but I think it adds a nice vegetal top note, and a mild burn that I pretty much always want.
Boil your pasta with a little salt, and for the minimum time they say. Unless you like when the pasta is a little softer? To each his own, but if you are making this in advance mushier pasta won’t hold up for more than a day in the fridgerator. While your pasta is boiling, chop up some bell pepper, and cut up some tomatoes. Toss your drained pasta with your sauce and veggies. In addition to peppers and tomatoes, you could easily add or sub carrots, cucumber, squash, or whatever else you have lying around! Don’t be scurred. I like to top each bowl with fresh ground black pepper and grated parmesan. Made with fresh, seasonal tomatoes, and the most colorful of your farmer’s market offerings, this dish really showcases the best offerings of the season!