Deep into summer is when the tomatoes start to get really good and the basil is at the peak of its brilliance. As a result, it's possible to make a ridiculously tasty pasta sauce using just the fruit of the earth. You'll look like a top class chef when all you'll have really done is cut up some tomatoes and applied a bit of heat.
This sauce is imminently simple - you barely need the recipe - but when done at the height of summer, it is perfection. Get some nice pasta, any kind will do, and toss it with the goodness here and be ready to really enjoy. Garnish with a touch of fresh grated pecorino romano cheese and you'll have a real treat.
My one tip - when you're starting it off, cook the garlic nice and low for a long time, getting as much of that flavor infused into the oil as possible. It'll really heighten the flavor of the tomato.
Making the Dish
What You'll Need
12 leaves fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb pasta
pecorino romano cheese to garnish
Bring a pot of water to a boil and add in salt. Add in the pasta and cook until 1 - 2 minutes shy of package directions. So long as the pasta takes more than 9 or 10 minutes to cook, you can start it before cooking any of the sauce.
Heat the oil over low heat and then add in the garlic. Let the garlic simmer on the low heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic starts to turn slightly golden. Let this go as long as possible - hopefully around 5 - 7 minutes, to really get the flavor infused.
Serve garnished with pecorino romano cheese, and enjoy the fruits of summer!
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