Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Garden Tomato Pasta #recipe by @LeslieBudewitz

LESLIE BUDEWITZ: Every so often here on the Kitchen, two of us come up with similar recipes at about the same time, and there isn’t time to cook up something new. My easy late-summer tomato pasta is quite similar to the No Recipe Tomato Pasta Vicki Delany shared last week. Mine’s even easier, though—the only chopping involved is to the cut the tomatoes and ribbon the basil, and the only cooking required is to boil the pasta! The tomatoes and herbs make their own light sauce as they sit in a bowl on your kitchen counter, waiting for you to decide you’re ready to eat.

Add a green salad, a chunk of good bread, and a crisp Italian white or a light red, and it’s a perfect—and perfectly simple—dish to celebrate the delicious little tomato. 

Garden Tomato Pasta 

(adapted from The Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten)

4 pints (roughly 8 cups or two pounds) cherry tomatoes, halved

olive oil

2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)

18 large basil leaves, julienned, plus more for serving

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 pound angel hair pasta or thin spgahetti

1½ cups freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

Combine the tomato halves, ½ cup olive oil, garlic, basil leaves, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper in a large bowl.  Cover and set aside at room temperature for 3-4 hours.

Just before you’re ready to serve, cook the pasta in salted water with a splash of olive oil. Cook al dente. Drain the pasta and add to the bowl with the tomatoes. Add cheese and toss well. Top each serving with additional cheese and a few basil leaves. 

Serves 6 generously. For two with leftovers, make the same amount of sauce but half the pasta and make fresh pasta a night of two later.  

Buon appetivo!

From the cover of BITTERROOT LAKE, written as Alicia Beckman (Crooked Lane Books; available in hardcover, ebook, and audio): 

When four women separated by tragedy reunite at a lakeside Montana lodge, murder forces them to confront everything they thought they knew about the terrifying accident that tore them apart, in Agatha Award-winning author Alicia Beckman's suspense debut.

Twenty-five years ago, during a celebratory weekend at historic Whitetail Lodge, Sarah McCaskill had a vision. A dream. A nightmare. When a young man was killed, Sarah's guilt over having ignored the warning in her dreams devastated her. Her friendships with her closest friends, and her sister, fell apart as she worked to build a new life in a new city. But she never stopped loving Whitetail Lodge on the shores of Bitterroot Lake.

Now that she's a young widow, her mother urges her to return to the lodge for healing. But when she arrives, she's greeted by an old friend--and by news of a murder that's clearly tied to that tragic day she'll never forget.

And the dreams are back, too. What dangers are they warning of this time? As Sarah and her friends dig into the history of the lodge and the McCaskill family, they uncover a legacy of secrets and make a discovery that gives a chilling new meaning to the dreams. Now, they can no longer ignore the ominous portents from the past that point to a danger more present than any of them could know.

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries, and the winner of Agatha Awards in three categories. Death al Dente, the first Food Lovers' Village Mystery, won Best First Novel in 2013, following her 2011 win in Best Nonfiction. Her first historical short story, "All God's Sparrows," won the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story. Watch for her first standalone suspense novel, Bitterroot Lake (written as Alicia Beckman) in April 2021 from Crooked Lane Books.

A past president of Sisters in Crime and a current board member of Mystery Writers of America, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.

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  1. Two wonderful ways to enjoy tomatoes with pasta.

  2. This is brilliant! Thanks, Leslie!

  3. Lovely, simple, and tasty.
    We knew you ladies were in synch!

    1. And both blessed with a bounty of tomatoes!

    2. Necessity is a mother...oops That isn't how it goes, is it?!

  4. Such a simple and delicious recipe. Thanks, Leslie!

  5. Recipe does look delicious. Thank you. Can't wait to try it on my daughter. Tomatoey and pasta are her favorite type of dish.