Monday, July 27, 2009

Raw Tomato Sauce

This recipe is super easy & can be loosely adapted to suit your taste. This is pretty much the only time of year it can be made, when ripe tomatoes are easily available.
I had a bunch this weekend & didn't feel like ruining their fresh flavor by cooking them.

Begin with 4 pounds of ripe tomatoes. There are lots of ways you can proceed here. You can peel & seed them. Or, leave them the way they are. You can chop them by hand for a chunkier sauce, or puree them slightly for a thinner sauce.

I don't have any problem eating tomato skins, or seeds. So, I left mine as is. I did decide to puree them slightly, due to the fact that Bozo #2 can be fussy about big chunks of tomato in his pasta. I did this in a food processor & pulsed them for a few seconds. Next, mince 2 cloves of garlic & using the side of your knife blade, mash them with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, until a paste is formed.

Add the garlic to the tomatoes, along with a 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves.
Stir the mixture up & set aside for about an hour, for the flavors to meld.

After the sauce has had a rest, boil one pound of pasta. I would recommend using a tubular, or spiral pasta, to hold the sauce well. But, DH showed up, about a half hour before dinner, with some fresh pasta from Arthur Avenue, he had been given. So, I used that.
When the pasta is cooked, drain it & immediately mix with the sauce. I like to throw in some cubed fresh mozzarella cheese too.

Serve right away, while it is still warm.

Raw Tomato Sauce

Makes enough sauce for 1 pound of pasta

4 pounds red-ripe tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, smashed into a paste with 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

Chop the tomatoes, or blend in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
Add the garlic paste, sliced basil, olive oil & salt to taste. Mix to combine & let the sauce sit for about an hour to blend the flavors.
Serve over pasta. Sprinkle with some cubed fresh mozzarella cheese, if desired.
Click here for the printable recipe.


Hillary said...

Beautiful! It's essentially like a gazpacho over pasta. You should submit this to!

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