Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tonight's Dinner-Courtesy of Barefoot Contessa!

My name is Aimee, and I'm a Food Network-a-holic. I have it running in the background at least most of the day. My husband doesn't get it, but then, I don't get his obsession with those hunting shows(WHY do they whisper?? I can't STAND it!!) Anyways, Barefoot Contessa isn't one of my favorites-she has WAY too much time on her hands to plan all these dinner parties, who can do that all the time??-but every once in awhile, I see something she does and I think, "I need to try that, ASAP!" This is one of those times.

This is her Summer Garden Pasta, a no-cook sauce with angel hair pasta, which takes less than 10 minutes to cook. It does have to marinate for 4 hours, but that's not active prep. Halve the tomatoes, chop the basil, and throw it all together after lunch, then when dinner time comes around, all you have to do is cook the noodles! Perfect for summers here in Vegas-no heating up your kitchen! Enjoy!

Summer Garden Pasta


  • 4 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
  • 18 large basil leaves, julienned, plus extra for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound dried angel hair pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


Combine the cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, basil leaves, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature for about 4 hours.

Just before you're ready to serve, bring a large pot of water with a splash of olive oil and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil and add the pasta. Cook al dente according to the directions on the package (be careful - it only takes 2 to 3 minutes!). Drain the pasta well and add to the bowl with the cherry tomatoes. Add the cheese and some extra fresh basil leaves and toss well. Serve in big bowls with extra cheese on each serving.

SOOO easy, and delicious!

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  1. After I've seen the recipe this looks totally FAB-U-LOUS! I might have to try this with a gluten free pasta! And I'm surprised this is BFC...her recipes are usually WAY more complicated than this :)

  2. I know, right?!? I was so surprised at how easy it was! Let me know how it turns out if you try the gluten-free pasta. Lane is getting tested for food allergies right now, and while we strongly suspect it is a dairy allergy causing issues, he is being tested for several, and I'm trying to make sure I'm somewhat prepared for all of them!