This is a perfect meal for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time in a hot kitchen during the summer. Fresh basil and tomatoes and your favorite tomato sauce make this recipe quick and easy.
And who doesn’t love a meal that could be cooked in 15 minutes or less. Aren’t there tons of shows on the food network that have that as a selling point? Either way, this recipe is delicious, healthy and a low hassle meal.
Summer Nights Pasta
- 3 to 4 Roma Tomatoes (diced)
- 2 Tablespoons Garlic (minced)
- 12 Large Basil Leaves (chiffonade)
- 2/3 to 3/4 Cup of your favorite Marinara
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Kosher Salt
- Fresh Cracked Pepper
- 1 Box Pasta
- Garlic Olive Oil
In a large pot, fill with water and bring to a boil. Add salt and begin to cook your pasta.
**You should be able to do the next few steps during the pasta’s cook time, if you’re pasta’s cook time is less than 4 minutes, start with step two and then cook your pasta.
In a large sauté pan, heat one tablespoon of garlic olive oil.
When the oil is hot and ‘dancing’ add the garlic and cook for 30 to 50 seconds or until the garlic is nice and fragrant.
Add the tomatoes and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes stirring constantly, making sure the garlic doesn’t burn.
Next, add the marinara sauce and stir until combined. Mix in half the basil and reduce the heat to low.
Just before the pasta is ready to be drained, reserve at least one cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and immediately place the pasta into the sauté pan.
Add a little bit of the pasta water and mix everything together until evenly coated. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, fresh cracked pepper, and the rest of the basil and serve immediately.