Heirloom Cherry Tomato Sauce

Try as I might, I don’t often find the time to make it to one of the farmer’s markets in my neighborhood. This week however, I had the fortune of finding myself with a weekday morning off and a market just a few blocks away! I picked up some amazing goodies that included beautiful heirloom cherry tomatoes and fresh pasta. Naturally I spent the rest of my day thinking about  what I was going to make, and decided on a more traditional (and super easy) pasta sauce.

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Mince garlic and slice 1/2 of the tomatoes.  In a large pan heat olive oil and sauté garlic until fragrant (this only takes a minute or two).  Add all of the tomatoes, season with salt, and cook on medium for about 7-10 minutes. The halved tomatoes should release all their juices and the whole should begin to shrivel.

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Cook the pasta according to directions, making sure to reserve 1 cup of the pasta liquid before draining pasta.  Add 1/2 cup of the pasta liquid to the tomatoes, a small bit at a time, until it reaches the consistency that you like.

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Add the pasta and 1/2 Tbsp olive oil to the tomato sauce.  Once the pasta is coated in the sauce, add the mozzarella and basil and serve immediately.

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Pasta with Heirloom Cherry Tomato Sauce

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz pasta (fettucini or tagliatelle are best)
  • 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • small bunch fresh basil
  • 3-4 oz fresh mozzarella (bocconcini suggested)
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mince garlic and slice 1/2 of the tomatoes
  2. In a large pan heat olive oil and sauté garlic until fragrant
  3. Add all of the tomatoes, season with salt, and cook on medium for about 7-10 minutes. The halved tomatoes should release all their juices and the whole should begin to shrivel.
  4. Cook the pasta according to directions.
  5. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta liquid before draining pasta
  6. Add 1/2 cup of the pasta liquid to the tomatoes, a small bit at a time, until it reaches the consistency that you like.
  7. Add the pasta and 1/2 Tbsp olive oil to the tomato sauce
  8. Once the pasta is coated in the sauce, add the mozzarella and basil
  9. Serve immediately

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