Summer Angel hair Pasta with tomato sauce!
I really feel so fortunate to mingle on a daily basis with such wonderful people that have graced our store. About a month ago – Emory and her mom were in and it made me realize I had not made this dish in a very long time. So enjoy …. I know you will like this Emory and I know you can make it as well.
Angel hair pasta with fresh Tomato sauce
An easy Summer meal - the teens can print this and get dinner going! This one is for Emory - I know you will like this girl.
- 1 lbs Roma (Plum) or grape tomatoes
- 3-6 tbsp Cultivated Tree Basil Infused Olive Oil -or any of our Single varietal EVOO
- 3 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 medium onion - finely chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 fresh oregano sprig - leave on the stalk
- pinch of red chili flakes - optional
- 1 tspn sugar
- 1 lb dry angel hair pasta - or fresh & adjust cooking time
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan + more for garnish
- 1/4 cup fresh basil chiffonade -(stacked, rolled and sliced = chiffonade)
- salt for boiling pasta in water
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and lower the heat slightly - you will come back to cook the pasta when your sauce is simmering. I find this saves a little time & avoids the pasta sitting while you prepare your sauce.
Prep your tomatoes (wash and slice in half or quarters -remove seeds if you wish), garlic cloves (mince) and herbs (wash and mince - basil chiffonade.) I personally do not remove seeds from the tomato.
For an "easy" sauce - I do everything in one pan instead of pre-boiling and skinning the tomatoes and I have never had a complaint. So officially we are skipping a step to some purists out there ... I'm just hungry sometime!
Heat a large saute skillet to medium high heat. Once hot, add 3 tbsp Basil Infused Olive Oil and the onion. Saute for 3 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant - 30 to 60 seconds. You do not want to scorch the garlic. Add the chili flakes. Add the thyme and oregano sprig.
Stir in the tomatoes & additional 1 tbsp Basil Infused Olive Oil to incorporate. Add teaspoon of sugar. Lower heat slightly to medium and allow to simmer about 15 minutes.
While the sauce simmers - bring the preheated Pasta water back to full boil and cook the angel hair pasta according to package instruction - al dente!
Drain pasta, drizzle with remaining Basil Infused Olive Oil & add to the sauce. Add the basil and Parmesan and toss well. Plate individually or place in a large pasta bowl and garnish with basil sprig & serve additional Parmesan on the side.
This is a simple dish to make and in flavor as well. The key is fresh ingredients. So, in my opinion - ideal for Summer! You can use canned tomatoes as well - drain a 28 oz can of San Marzano; roughly chop them and use them in place of the fresh.