Summer is coming to an end and it seems like everywhere I turn someone is trying to push their excess tomatoes on me. I have been turning down these tomato pushers left and right because…how many tomatoes can you possibly eat? This past weekend Original Tipsy (My Mom) made a fantastic and simple pasta dish that has me kicking myself for not taking those tomatoes. She gave me her recipe and it will have you with an answer to the question “What to do with all those garden tomatoes?”
Here is what you will need for the recipe:
•2 to 3 Cups Large Tomatoes, Diced, With The Juice
•3/4 C Green Onion, Minced
•3 Cloves Garlic, Diced
•1/2 t of Oregano
•Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
•1 Heaping Teaspoon of Salt
•Black Pepper To Taste
•1/4 C Fresh Basil, Chopped
•1/2 C of Olive Oil
•1/4 t of Sugar
•1 Cup of Mini Fresh Mozzarella Balls or Chop Up 3 or 4 String Cheese Sticks
•1 lb of Angel Hair Pasta, Cooked
Once you have all your ingredients it really a fairly easy recipe.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl with a lid except for the cheese and the pasta. The most important step in this recipe is letting the tomato herb mixture sit on the counter for 3 to 4 hours so that all the flavors combine and the juice from the tomatoes makes a nice “broth”. When you are ready to serve, make your pasta and toss the warm pasta with the tomato mixture and then add in the cheese. Give it all a good toss. You can add some Parmesan to the top and some more fresh basil if you choose. Original Tipsy also stir fried some shrimp and scallops for this dish which really took it to next level status. You can add in any protein of your choice or just serve it as is.
The tomato mixture is able to be stored in the fridge for up to a week. It would taste great on some grilled chicken, on some grilled sausage or even eaten on some toasty bread.
This recipe stores really well in the fridge and makes a great lunch or second dinner. I even ate some cold a couple days later and it was a delicious pasta salad.
I hope you all enjoy your last couple of weeks of Summer. I am looking forward to Fall weather and all the Fall comfort foods!
For another great recipe check out my recipe for this Italian Sub Salad