This recipe is for everyone out there who’s trying to cling on to the last few days of summery weather! It requires very little time standing over a hot stove, tastes amazing hot or cold, and is full of fresh tasty ingredients! It is inspired by all the amazing home-cooked Italian food we have had at my boyfriend’s parents’ house when I first moved upstate. The Italians know how to do it right!
You can use whatever type of pasta you like here- I used a gluten-free one but that’s not necessary unless gluten is a problem for you.
As you might have seen on my Instagram, we are surrounded by amazing locally grown food here in the Hudson Valley. A friend had us over for dinner earlier in the week and sent us home with about 4-5 giant tomatoes from her garden, along with some basil and other fresh herbs! I made this recipe to use them up, and I have to say having such fresh ingredients really makes a difference- the flavours were so zingy and delicious! I feel so grateful to be surrounded by such amazing food.
We devoured this with a side of steamed broccoli drizzled with lemon and olive oil, but it would also be amazing with a big leafy salad. For added protein, you could sprinkle some walnuts through it, try a soft poached egg on top, or maybe slice up some good quality Italian sausage and stir through. Delish.
SERVES: 3-4 as a main/6 as a side | PREP TIME: 10 mins | COOK TIME: until your pasta is al dente!
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
4 very large tomatoes, roughly chopped
8 ounces fresh mozzarella mini balls, halved
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Freshly ground course sea salt and black pepper
1 pound pasta of your choice
- Place the chopped garlic in a medium bowl. Use your fingers to rub the garlic all around the inside of the bowl.
- Once you’ve done all the chopping, add the basil, tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, and lemon juice to the bowl. Season with a few turns of salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Leave to marinade for about 20 minutes while you cook the pasta!
- Cook your pasta of choice in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente.
- Scoop 1/4 cup cooking water out of the pot before draining the pasta and put aside.
- Add drained pasta to the bowl with the other ingredients. Stir to combine, slowly adding in the cooking water until the sauce is a desired consistency, i.e. not too dry or too wet. You may not need the full 1/4 cup.
- Garnish with some extra basil if you have it, and serve on its own or with some extra veggies on the side!