03 August 2011

what's cooking wednesdays

as i'm adjusting to living {temporarily} back under the same roof as my parents AND my younger sister again {hello, high school flashback}, i'm finding there are both negatives and positives.  example: not having any alone time, negative.  not paying for rent, utilities, or groceries, positive.  one positive that i am over the moon about is the abundance of yummy, fresh produce and herbs courtesy of my dad's huge garden and green thumb.  yesterday morning, my mom came in the house carrying a basket filled to the brim with beautiful cherry tomatoes and i knew the just thing to make.  ina garten never steers me wrong. never.

ina garten's capellini with tomatoes and basil
serves 6
½ cup good olive oil, plus extra for the pasta pot
2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
4 pints small cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
18 large basil leaves, julienned
2 tablespoons chopped fresh curly parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¾ pound dried capellini or angel hair pasta
1½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
extra chopped basil and grated Parmesan for serving

bring a large pot of water to a boil and add two tablespoons of salt and a splash of oil to the pot.

meanwhile, heat the ½ cup of olive oil in a large (12-inch) sauté pan. add the garlic to the oil and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. add the tomatoes, basil, parsley, thyme, two teaspoons salt, the pepper, and red pepper flakes. reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for five to seven minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften but don't break up.

while the tomatoes are cooking, add the capellini to the pot of boiling water and cook for two minutes, or according to the directions on the package. drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water.

place the pasta in a large serving bowl, add the tomatoes and Parmesan, and toss well. add some of the pasta water if the pasta seems too dry. serve large bowls of pasta with extra basil sprinkled on top and a big bowl of extra Parmesan on the side.

and there you have it! summer in a bowl. 

bon appetit!


katie lake said...

I'm going to have to try this! I have a very harty tommy toe tomato plant as well as thyme, parsley, and basil plants in my garden. Addng pasta to my grocery list as we speak!

Legallyblondemel said...

I'm told I need to try Ina Garten out, and this certainly makes me want to - looks delectable. Now if I could just get a dad to provide me with the vegetable garden...