Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pasta with Tomatoes and Basil ala Ina Garten

For the past several days the temperature has been extremely hot and unbearably humid too, so I have been trying to make dishes that are quick to make so I don't have to be in the kitchen too long.  I love to cook but sweating like a pig while in the kitchen is no fun.  Making a pasta dish is always my go to solution for days like this one.  I can make a delicious and filling meal with  minimal prep and cooking time.

I already made a similar pasta dish last Saturday,  but since I still had some cherry tomatoes and fresh basil  I decided to make this quick and yummy dish I got from Ina Garten.  Since she is the expert here is the link to the original recipe.   Happy cooking.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

I love trying out recipes that I get from either relatives or friends.  This is a very simple and quick to make pasta dish that my cousin Kuya W. shared with me and the Little Ones.  It is so simple the kids can do this.

What you need:

1 pack of cherry tomatoes or ordinary tomatoes will do too

1 pack fresh basil leaves

Olive oil

500 grams pasta noodles, the original recipe calls for Angel Hair pasta, but you can use any long pasta that you want

Cheese of your choice

Salt and pepper

Using your hands break the tomatoes, place in a huge serving dish or bowl.  Next tear up the basil leaves, add to serving dish/bowl.  Then add as much olive oil that you want, I don't really measure things, so I just eyeball it.  You want to make sure you add enough oil so that the pasta will be coated with oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Next cook the pasta, when cooked  drain then immediately add to the bowl with tomatoes and basil. Mix everything together, then you can add cheese.  We like using either parmesan or feta cheese, but you can also use cheddar cheese.
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