Garden Grape (or Cherry) Tomatoes, Fresh Garlic and Spaghetti Pasta
Dinner Delizioso – Deliciously Fresh!
Somewhere around the first week of August is a great time to take a break from all of the backyard BBQ’s and just toss an easy and delicious dinner on the table.
And boy is it hot out there! A little too hot to grill outside!
Things are starting to wind down as far as summer activities, and yes, school shopping is on most minds.
There is definitely one thing that is still in full-swing and that’s our local Farmers Markets! August is one of the best months to visit the Farmers Market as fresh fruits and vegetables start to roll in in abundance!
Grab a box of grape or cherry tomatoes and a fresh bulb of garlic and you are half-way to a great dinner!
*Remember when you chop your garlic, let it rest for 10-12 minutes before cooking. This will enhance the nutrients in garlic. It doesn’t really matter if you use grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, both will work just fine. Cherry tomatoes have a bit of a thinner skin so they won’t need cooked as long.
Adding more fresh tomatoes to your diet is a good idea because tomatoes are so nutritious. You can read more about that right here. 5 Benefits of Eating and Growing Tomatoes
This dish also works well with adding some black olives or maybe a little leftover chicken. Toss in some diced zucchini or squash if you have it.
Simple yet delicious, dinner of fresh ripe tomatoes and pasta
- 1/2 lb. angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti
- 3-4 tablespoons of good olive oil
- 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, minced fine
- 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped garden basil
- 3 cups of grape of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese plus a little extra for serving
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 2 teaspoons sugar
Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
While pasta is cooking - gently saute garlic in olive oil for about for about 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook for about 3- 4 minutes, stirring often
While cooking the tomatoes, lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle tomatoes with sugar and add the basil - continue cooking for about 1-2 more minutes.
Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the tomatoes along with the Parmesan cheese, stir well to combine.
Add more salt & a little olive oil if needed.
There is just something so simply delicious about fresh garden tomatoes. We probably favor the little cherry tomato over the grape tomato for this simple recipe. Cherry tomatoes are round in shape where the grape is longer and thinner.
Try them both and see which one you prefer!