So what was last night's dinner? With tomatoes and basil all I can think of is Insalata Caprese - the Italian salad of tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. I threw in some gobetti for a pasta alla caprese. The "sauce" for this is essentially a salsa cruda or raw sauce. Since it's not cooked, only heated by the hot pasta, using the freshest, most flavorful ingredients is especially important.
|The basic ingredients.|
|Prepped and ready for the pasta|
6 – 8 oz dry pasta (whatever shape you like)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 ball (about 8 oz) fresh mozzarella
5 - 7 large basil leaves
2 Tbs olive oil
Serve with some crusty bread to soak up the juices.
|Start from the long edge and roll like a cigar.|
|Slice across the basil roll to make fine ribbons - chiffonade.|