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Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

The easy-to-make, uncooked "sauce" for this simple pasta dish consists of juicy, ripe tomatoes, fragrant basil, parsley, fresh mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Simple, yet intensely flavorful, it's a great way to enjoy in-season, garden tomatoes at their finest.

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

  • Ingredients:
  • 12 ounces pasta (linguine, spaghetti, penne, etc.)
  • 2 to 3 medium ripe tomatoes (about 1-3/4 lbs), seeded and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained (optional)

Preparation:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta.

Place the tomatoes in a large bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the garlic, balsamic vinegar and mozzarella. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and toss to combine. Let sit for 15 minutes to allow the tomatoes to give off their juices, then add the basil, parsley and capers.

Cook and drain the pasta according to package directions and transfer to a large serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, toss, then add the tomato-herb mixture and combine thoroughly. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

To serve, plate individual portions and sprinkle with additional parsley and basil if desired.

Makes 4 servings

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