3 fresh summertime ingredients + 3 minutes = amazingly flavorful pasta dish

This 'sauce' is a summertime favorite, when there's an abundance of local ripe tomatoes and your kitchen is too hot for lengthy cooking.

3Tbsp olive oil
3 ripe tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
3 or 4 garlic cloves, crushed
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

The preparation of this sauce is more like a stir fry; since everything will happen quite quickly you will want to start ½ lb of pasta cooking first, and then chop all the ingredients before proceeding with the sauce. In a wide frying pan on high heat, sauté garlic for 30 seconds in olive oil, then add tomatoes and let them “caramelize”. The tomatoes will caramelize most effectively if they are spread out in a single layer, and are left undisturbed (no stirring) on high heat for about a minute. Then add the basil, salt and give everything a stir. After another 30 seconds turn off the heat and serve over your favorite pasta. Some freshly grated parmesan or nutritional yeast is a nice, but not an essential garnish.


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