Summer Angel hair Pasta with tomato sauce!

Angel hair pasta and fresh tomato sauce - simply summer!

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.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

Prep

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

Saute

  1. 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.

  2. 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.  

  3. 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! 

  4. 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.

Recipe Notes

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.

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