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Tomato and Basil Pasta

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Here's a formula for effortless summer food: the freshest ingredients plus a cook's restraint. Take this pasta. Just tear some bright-red tomatoes with your hands, pluck a little basil, and toss with seasoned pasta and dollops of creamy cheese. Crack black pepper on top, and dinner is ready.

  • Servings: 4

Photography: Hans Gissinger

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2010

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 thinly sliced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 pound cooked and drained short pasta (such as campanelle)
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1 pound burrata or mozzarella cheese
  • Small basil leaves

Directions

  1. Combine olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Toss in cooked and drained pasta. Tear tomatoes and cheese; scatter over pasta. Garnish with basil leaves, and sprinkle with pepper.

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  • MS10906689
    8 JUL, 2017
    Have not made this yet, but I think it would make a great summer dish either served cold or room temperature with the fresh ingredients from my garden. Must find good mozzarella at the store tomorrow!
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  • MS11214625
    14 AUG, 2012
    This was really good but instead of adding the tomatoes raw afterward, I put them in with the olive oil, and garlic. I also added some red pepper flakes. When I dished it out, I put the pasta on the plate, then the mozzarella then hot pasta on top. That melted the cheese quickly. Instead of some of the salt I added parm cheese. Delish!
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  • MS12080702
    14 JUL, 2012
    this was really good. I rinsed the pasta off before adding it to the dressing and tomatoes and it was perfect.
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  • bernie1210
    10 SEP, 2010
    let the mozzarella and tomatoes reach room temp before adding to the hot pasta. As for the salt, quite frankle I think the mozzarella has enough salt.
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  • LNorman
    30 AUG, 2010
    The dish is good but it would have better if I used less salt (my mistake) and real good mozzarela (unemployment excluded buying the good stuff). I found the dish got cold quickly. Did anyone find this happening also?
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