If your like me, on most nights you need something super quick, hopefully not over processed. During summer this is so easy! But I can almost guarantee you that you will have awesome results in the middle of January when everything is iced out (just will have to pay more for ingredients, all ingredients should be at most wally worlds year round)
As Stated this is a 10 ingredient or less recipe. An Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa Recipe...kinda of, she borrowed it and shared it with us common folk.
but where I made it better is I seriously cut the time down from when you start from when it GETS IN YOUR BELLY...
first off the recipe...
4 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
Good olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
18 large basil leaves, julienned, plus extra for serving
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound dried angel hair pasta
1½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
Combine the cherry tomatoes, ½ cup olive oil, garlic, basil leaves, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature for about 4 hours.
Just before you’re ready to serve, bring a large pot of water with a splash of olive oil and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil and add the pasta. Cook al dente according to the directions on the package (be careful – it only takes 2 to 3 minutes!). Drain the pasta well and add to the bowl with the cherry tomatoes. Add the cheese and some extra fresh basil leaves and toss well. Serve in big bowls with extra cheese on each serving.
sounds great right? More so during the midst of Basil and tomato season. Even more awesome when ingredients come from your garden or local farmers market.
I grew purple basil this year, it is just beautiful. I have 4 varieties of Basil in my container garden and all is very plentiful.
BUT 2 VERY important points I want to make real quick.
if you don't have 4 hours for all of this to sit 'cause your peeps are hungry NOW, ....SIMPLE
microwave tomato mixture for 5 minutes, then let stand 1 hour. I used a Pyrex dish with a lid.
alas, no fresh ingredients, still super easy on the family food budget to bring together!!
thank you to Sophia for being my Parmasean Fairy Dust Maker