Ripe Recipe: Summer's Best Pasta

Summer's Best Pasta Recipe

An incredibly basic recipe that highlights the best of summer ... basil & tomatoes.


  • 4-5 super-ripe flavorful tomatoes, chopped
  • 6-10 cloves of garlic, slivered
  • 1 c loose-packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/3 c flavorful olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • angel-hair pasta

Directions: To sliver the garlic, use a very sharp knife, hold cloves perpendicular to the knife blade and slice off cross-sections as thin as possible. Put olive oil into a large sautee pan and set the heat to medium-low. Toss in the garlic "chips" and agitate the pan as the oil slowly infuses with the garlic flavor. After several minutes, the garlic will begin to soften & turn golden--do not allow them to turn brown or they will become bitter. When the chips are just toasted, add the chopped tomatoes & basil, tossing in the olive oil only long enough to warm through, not to cook. Season with salt & pepper and serve over angel hair pasta--with or without parmesan cheese.