Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fresh Basil and Tomato Pasta - #SundaySupper Dishes in Five Ingredients or Less


This weeks #SundaySupper is such a great concept - 5 ingredients or less. As soon as I heard the theme, I knew what I had to make: Fresh Basil & Tomato Pasta
In April, 2010, People Magazine featured a recipe from a NYC restaurant with Jay Z and Beyonce's favorite pasta recipe. At the time, I was living in Daytona Beach and had weekly girls nights on Wednesdays. We sometimes went out, but mostly we made dinner, watched TV and drank a lot of wine. Boy do I miss those Wednesdays! I cannot recall the name of the Chef or the restaurant, but the recipe featured has been my go to pasta recipe for over 2 years now. Gabe, who is not a fan of spaghetti, LOVES this recipe. One tip, make sure you use fresh pasta. If you cannot make it at home, you can cheat like I do with Buitoni Cut Pasta. Also, do not use canned tomatoes.It's an easy out, and using fresh tomatoes is easy. Here's how:

PEELING & SEEDING DICING (why did that title just make me think of Christian Grey?)
Start off with peeling and seeding your plum tomatoes. Prepare a bowl of ice water and set it aside. Place a pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. While your water is boiling, make a shallow X on the bottom of the tomatoes. Once your water comes to a boil, drop 5-6 in and watch for the skin to start peeling (around 1 min). Put the tomatoes into the ice bath for 5 minutes, and repeat with the remaining tomatoes.Peel away!
PS- aren't my nails cute? They are Sally Hansen Salon Effects - best invention EVER
Do you see the light yellowish line on the tomato in the bottom right photo? That is where you need to make your first slice. Then cut into fourths. This makes the perfect cut, easier seeding and perfect dicing. Get rid of the inner chamber and seeds. Now dice your tomatoes! The hardest part of this recipe is over! Pour yourself a glass of wine and carry on.
I must add - this is the ONLY recipe that I have not recreated into my own. I do not add anything extra, I leave it just the way it is: Perfection.

5 INGREDIENTS: Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce and basil
  1. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 16oz peeled, halved and seeded
  3. 1/2 cup freshly grated parmiagiano-reggiano
  4. 6-8 fresh basil leaves, sliced thinly
  5. 1 lb spaghetti
  6. (Seasonings don't count as an ingredient) Pinch of crushed red pepper Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
DIRECTIONS
In a wide pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and red pepper flakes and season lightly with salt and pepper. Let cook for a few minutes until tomatoes start to soften. Using a potato masher, smash the tomatoes finely. Cook 20-25 minutes until sauce is thickened. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti until just shy of al dente. Drain pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Add pasta to sauce and cook over medium-high heat, gently tossing the pasta and the sauce together with a couple of wooden spoons until pasta is just tender. If the sauce seems a little thick, add some of the reserved pasta water. Take pan off heat and toss in basil and cheese. Serve immediately. Serves 4
Source(s): People Magazine


Join us, September 30th, 2012 as we share our delicious, mouth-watering recipes! Here’s a sneak peak at what everyone is bringing to our #SundaySupper table. Be sure to stay after dinner at 7pm EST as we share our recipes during our #SundaySupper live chat!

Breakfast, Starters, Butters and Jams:
Main Dishes:
Desserts:
Beverages:
Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite 5 Ingredient Recipes! All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat!  We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers!

52 comments:

  1. Wow thanks for the peeling tomatoes tips, it is very clever.

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    1. No problem Laura! I never realized how easy it was to peel tomatoes until I tried this method!

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  2. This looks delicious and I love your sense of humor!

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  3. I love a fresh pasta dish. I'll look for that Butoni product! I just started "Christian Grey" :o)

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    1. Patti - you will be hooked. I couldn't put down my Kindle for a week, finished the entire series in 5 days. I even worked out with my kindle because I was so obsessed.

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  4. Love the tip for peeling the potatoes! This sounds like a dish my family would adore!

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    1. Jen, it is so easy and delicious. Your family will love it!

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  5. great tips on how to peel the tomatoes! your pasta looks amazing.

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  6. Fresh pasta sauce is the best!!!

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    1. Tara, I always used canned tomatoes until this recipe. Quirky fact about me - I hate tomatoes, but I love pasta sauce :) First time I made this was the first time I ever bought & cooked w/ fresh tomatoes!

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  7. This is my kind of tomato sauce! Looks amazing.

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  8. I love fresh tomatoes, basil, and parmesiano on pasta. It is so good!

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    1. Thank you! This is my favorite pasta, hands down.

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  9. That tomato sauce sounds delicious! Although most of the times I'm lazy and cheat I will have to give it a try sometime.

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    1. Lane, you will be so impressed with the difference. I still cheat and used canned tomatoes when I make penne ala vodka but the simplicity in this recipe is so worth the added work.

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  10. Looks like a great way to get fresh flavors with pasta! Added to my to try list! My husband is a HUGE pasta fan!

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    1. Thank you! You must make this for your hubby!

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  11. First of all, I love the title of your blog. I am trying to get back into running after a 11 year hiatus...the 2001 Boston Marathon was my last event before I totally burned out.

    Love the simplicity of this dish...a classic!

    "I got 99 problems and this dish ain't one..."
    (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

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    1. Hi Amy! First, that is awesome you did Boston :) My boyfriends Aunt just did it this year. She is one of my inspirations who got me into running. Second, thank you on the blog name :) It's sad but true. Thanks for the comment :) Good luck getting back into running, let me know how it goes, although if you did Boston, I know you can do it!

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  12. I used to have this same pasta dish at Cipriani restaurant here; my ex was mad about it. This is such a good recipe, simple and just perfect!

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    1. Thanks Paula! It is amazing how expensive this simple dish is at a restaurant yet how easy and inexpensive it is to make at home :)

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  13. I love your tip on how to peel a tomato. I love the pasta also.

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  14. A staple in every kitchen- and so important to know how to peel a tomato... and CUTE FINGERNAILS! :-) Love em!

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    1. Thank you Melanie!!! They are the sally hansen salon effects - so easy to apply and stays on for weeks!

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  15. Wow, you have more energy than I do! It looks well worth it though

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It really isn't that much added effort to do and well worth it.

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  16. Love the tomato tip. Also really loving this recipe. Fresh sauce is so amazing.

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  17. Everything is better with fresh ingredients - this pasta looks wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Erin, I agree with your comment about freshness!

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  18. Fresh tomato sauce is the best! I sure wish I had some tomatoes from the garden to make this with (tomato season is already over here).

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    1. Hi Renee! I didn't even think about non-tomato season for those not in FL :(

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  19. This is so delicious when it goes with fresh tomatoes! Great recipe!

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  20. So simple yet so delicious! My family would love this anyday :) Thanks for a great weeknight meal idea :)

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    1. Thanks Soni - Let me know how your family likes it :)

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  21. You are making me wish tomato season wasn't over!

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    1. Second comment that made me sad :( I am in FL and never thought of "tomato season"! I hope you can make this when tomatoes are back in season where you live.

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  22. I love basil and tomato together, I don't know why but I do! Thanks for sharing an easy week night dinner for us!

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    1. I do too! It's a perfect pairing :) Hope you enjoy

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  23. thanks for sharing a great pasta dish :) gotta love a little beyonce ;-) and love the nails!!

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    1. Thank you :) They are Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips, so easy to put on and they stay for 2 weeks.

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  24. OK, I LOVE that you used fresh tomatoes! You rock girl! And this is my most favorite pasta! so easy and simple and fresh! love it!

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    1. Thanks Alice! This is my favorite pasta EVER!

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  25. This is a personal favorite and a dish I've been making once a week for the last few weeks! I'm lazy though and never peel my tomatoes!

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    1. Susan, you've got to give fresh tomatoes a try! It makes such a difference.

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  26. This sauce looks so good. Sometimes things don't need to be changed. I can't wait to try this.

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  27. There really is nothing as good as fresh delicious pasta!!

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