August 2, 2015

Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta with Lemon & Garlic


It's a wonderful thing to bring fresh, new flavors in the kitchen with every changing season. I admit summer is probably my favorite - this is The Garden Grazer afterall ;) One of my favorite childhood memories is slowing meandering through my parent's (beautifully expansive) vegetable garden. I loved to graze on the fruits and veggies, eating it right from the vine, still warm from the sunshine. Picking sweet strawberries, crunching on sugar snap peas and green beans, shucking corn for dinner, and ohh the smell of fresh tomatoes growing on the vine - it's still one of my favorite smells to this day. One of the keys to this dish is finding ripe, flavorful tomatoes to bring out that summer freshness. It's a very simple dish, basically done in the time it takes the pasta to cook! If you're really not a fan of raw garlic or shallot, go ahead and lightly saute them first to remove the "bite". Enjoy!


Vegan, gluten-free (with gf pasta)
Makes about 6-8 side servings, less as a main dish

Ingredients
12 oz. penne pasta (gf if desired)
4 large ripe tomatoes
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot
3/4 cup fresh basil
Juice from 1-2 lemons
2 tsp. olive oil
Salt to taste
Optional: capers, pine nuts, etc

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions, leaving al dente.
While pasta is cooking, finely dice shallot, mince garlic, and dice tomatoes. Add to a large bowl.
Roughly chop or chiffonade basil. Set aside.
When pasta is done cooking, drain, and immediately add to bowl. Stir.
Add lemon juice, olive oil, basil, and capers if using. (Start with 1 lemon and add more to taste if necessary.)
Toss well to combine, and salt to taste.
Great served warm, cold, or room temp. Best if eaten within 2-3 days.

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19 comments:

  1. Summer does produce some amazing vegetables and fruits. This is a beautiful summer pasta dish.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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    1. Aww thanks Velva! Summer veggies make my heart smile :)

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  2. Made this last night - very fresh tasting!

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    1. Wonderful Cathie! Glad you tried it out :) Wishing you a great rest of the week!

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  3. this looks so fresh and delicious! My dad also used to grow tomatoes in the summer, I love the smell, and eating them off the vine all warm and sweet! mmm!

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  4. What type of tomato would you recommend? Roma or just the regular squattier tomatoes that you find at the grocery store? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Lynda! Feel free to use whichever ones are ripe and flavorful! :) I used the larger ones here but if you find romas, I'd say use about 6 of them. Hope you enjoy!

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  5. We skipped the pasta and just made a salad (with basil from the garden!). So good! Thanks for a great recipe!

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    1. So fun to hear you guys tried this Kylie!! I love how you adapted it without pasta :) And YAY for fresh basil from the garden, that smell is pure summer!

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  6. Made half of this but added the same amount of basil and used two cloves of garlic. It was AWESOME. Thanks for the rad recipe.

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    1. Awesome!! I love your adaption! So glad you enjoyed it, thanks for the sweet message! :)

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  7. Hello, I just wanted you to know that I featured this recipe in a round up on my new blog for Living Young and Healthy. It supports my Young Living and Beautycounter business. I just wanted to let you know this recipe is a round up for recipes using summer tomatoes. The guide is to help busy parents and grandparents.

    Leigh Hines

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    1. Here is the link: http://www.livingyoungandhealthy.com/2016/07/5-quick--easy-recipes-summer-tomatoes.html

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    2. Thanks so much for sharing Leigh! <3 Wishing you a wonderful week!

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  8. How many calories is in a serving of this dish?

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    1. Hi Misty! I don't provide nutritional stats on the site, but if you'd like to calculate your own you can try this website:
      http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
      I've heard it's pretty straightforward and easy to use. Hope that helps! :)

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  9. Do you have to remove the tomato seeds and pulp?

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    1. Hi Andrea! I never bother for this dish - plus the extra tomato juice helps create the dressing. But I'm sure you could remove them if that's your preference! :) Hope you enjoy!

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