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Summer Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

NotesThis dish is best made in August and September, when tomatoes are at their peak. If you want to make it in the winter, use 6 to 9 plum tomatoes.

Serves4

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentelectric mixer, pasta maker

Mealdinner

Moodtired

Taste and Texturecrunchy, garlicky, light, savory

Type of Dishfresh pasta, pasta

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (50 ml) unsalted butter, melted 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (500 ml) cubed French or Italian bread (1-inch/2.5 cm cubes) 
  • 1 recipe Basic Egg Pasta 
  • 3 large tomatoes, diced (see Notes)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup (50 ml) extra-virgin olive oil 
  • ½ tsp (2 ml) balsamic vinegar 
  • ½ tsp (2 ml) salt 
  • ¼ tsp (1 ml) hot pepper flakes 
  • ¼ tsp (1 ml) freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/3 cup (75 ml) thinly sliced fresh basil 
  • Pasta Roller
  • Fettuccine cutter
  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)
  • Baking sheet

Instructions

  1. Prepare the croutons: In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat.

  2. Place bread on baking sheet. Pour garlic butter over bread, tossing with a spatula to distribute butter evenly. Spread out bread cubes. Bake in preheated oven until crispy and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

  3. Prepare the pasta: Roll pasta to setting 5 and cut with the fettuccine cutter. Set aside on a floured baking sheet.

  4. In a large bowl, toss tomatoes, garlic, oil, vinegar, salt, hot pepper flakes and black pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired with salt, hot pepper flakes and vinegar. Set aside.

  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook, stirring for the first minute to keep noodles from sticking together, until al dente (tender to the bite), about 3 minutes. Drain, reserving about ½ cup (125 ml) of the cooking water.

  6. Add pasta to the bowl of tomatoes. Toss and add enough of the cooking water to moisten. Add croutons and basil and toss again. Serve immediately.

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