Fresh Tomato Pasta. Using fresh homegrown produce, Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a few simple spices you can have the most amazing pasta recipe in minutes!
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Few things in my life get me more excited than homegrown produce.
I have dreamed of growing my own garden for years. The problem? I lack a green thumb.
Lucky for me my husband is a master when it comes to nurturing and growing plants. My neighbor excels in this department as well which means I have been overrun with beautiful and delicious veggie options.
Our go-to dinner of choice?
Fresh Tomato Pasta
It is loaded with fresh tomatoes, homegrown basil, and so many great hyper-local ingredients!
What is hyper-local?
Hyper-local ingredients are products that are grown right within your community. We love this idea for a few reasons.
- You always get fresh amazing ingredients.
- You are helping support local farmers.
We are super lucky to have a neighborhood full of gardeners. We all grow different produce and trade! While we have the tomatoes, our neighbor has onions, and a friend down the street grows ALL herbs.
Bonus? There is a cute farmers market right down the street every Thursday!
Once a week, when we have all gotten together and traded goods, I ask my kiddo what he would like for dinner. Never fails that he will ask for this dish.
I like to use Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is perfect for marinades, pastas, and salad dressings.
Which means I almost always have it in the pantry.
Fresh Tomato Pasta
- 3 cups fresh tomatoes, seeded and choped
- 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 5 Tablespoons olive oil (divided) I like to use Pompeian Robust Olive Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 (16 oz) box spaghetti noodles
- 6 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
- fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (optional)
Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large deep skillet until hot. Add your tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper.
Mix together well. Lightly mash the tomatoes with the back of a fork or a tomato masher. Simmer 30 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Cook the pasta noodles half of the time suggested on the box. Drain.
Add the partially cooked pasta to your tomato mixture. Cook until your pasta is al dente.*
Remove your pan from the heat. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, fresh basil, cheese, and cherry tomatoes if using.
*You may need to add additional water to the pan. This is ok. Adjust and add seasoning as desired.