Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tomato Basil Rigatoni

Craving the perfect comfort food?  I love this pasta dish- it satisfies this very special spot in my soul and  tummy :)  The combination of garlic, fresh basil and tomatoes is so fresh and cozy.  And it is so easy to make!  Almost always, I have all of the ingredients hanging around my kitchen.  To my northeast friends, hope you are staying warm in the blizzard- this would be a great dish to enjoy tonight :-)

2 cups grape tomatoes halved
1 big bunch fresh basil chopped (about 1/2 cup after chopped)
3 large cloves garlic crushed
1/4 cup olive oil
16 oz rigatoni (or pasta of your choice- I like using ziti or shells as well)
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Fresh grated parmesan cheese

1.  Prepare pasta according to package instructions.  While pasta is cooking, sauté crushed garlic in 3 tablespoons olive oil for about two minutes.

2.  Add the tomatoes and some salt and continue sautéing for about 2-3 minutes until tomatoes start to become soft.

3.  Finally add fresh basil and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes.  By this point you should have a heavenly, aromatic sauce.  Mmmmmm :-)

4.  Add cooked pasta to tomato, basil and garlic sauce.  Then add the remaining olive oil and combine ingredients well.  Adjust salt and add pepper at this point.  Serve in bowls and add fresh grated parmesan cheese!

Enjoy this cozy and scrumptious dish from my kitchen to yours!

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