Pasta with Cherry Tomato Sauce

By August 4, 2015 Italy, Pasta, Recipes 3 Comments

1-2 servings

This is the first pasta sauce I learned to make with Salvatore and Marilu, my Italian friends.  At their restaurant Il Ritrovo, which sits on a hillside overlooking the Amalfi Coast.   This dish is the one for me – it’s the first thing I eat when I arrive for my annual visit. Even in the depths of winter I can close my eyes and remember the sight, smell and feel of this pasta.  Is it my favorite?  Hard to say but I will never tire of it.

Pasta with Cherry Tomato Sauce
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Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1-2 servings
  • 2 Tablespoons +/- Olive Oil
  • 1 Generous Spoon full of Garlic*, or to taste
  • Salt, Pepper and Red Pepper Flakes, to taste
  • Chopped Parsley, to taste
  • Chopped Basil, to taste
  • 1 large Handful of Cherry Tomatoes
  • A ladleful or so of Pasta Cooking Water
  • Parmesan Cheese, to taste
  1. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat on top of the stove. Drizzle Oil around the edge of the pan. Add the garlic, salt, pepper and a pinch of the red pepper flakes, sauté for a few moments and add the chopped parsley and basil. Cook for a moment and add the cherry tomatoes. Sauté for 5 minutes, crushing the tomatoes with the back of a spoon.
  2. Meanwhile cook the pasta of your choice to al dente in a large pot of salted water. Add, drained pasta to the cherry tomato sauce along with a ladle full of the pasta cooking water. Simmer together for 5 minutes and serve with parmesan cheese and garnish with additional chopped basil.
  3. * We marinate chopped garlic in olive oil to soften the flavor. Chop a few cloves of garlic, place in a small container and cover with olive oil. This will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
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Serving size: 1-2


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