In the summer, I prefer to eat simply prepared food with lots of fresh ingredients from the garden. Pasta is a dish that everyone loves and this recipe shows off the great flavor of perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes. It is enhanced with lots of fresh herbs along with capers and red onion. Whether cooking for two or for a small gathering of friends, this dish will be your new summer favorite.
Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Capers and Red Onion
- 1/2 lb. pasta, spaghetti is my pasta of choice
- 2 fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped*
- 1/2 c. olive oil plus extra to drizzle (the drizzle oil should be your best)
- 1/4 c. dry white wine
- 1 or 2 T. capers
- 1/4 c. finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 c. chopped fresh herbs (mostly basil, with some oregano and little parsley)
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced (or to taste)
- 1 t. crushed red pepper (or to taste)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 c. grated cheese (pecorino is my choice but parmesan is also good)
*This dish should be made with either perfectly ripe tomatoes from your garden or purchased at a farmers market or farm stand. If not available, the recipe will have a different taste.
This recipe makes two very large servings and is easily doubled.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add spaghetti and cook to al dente. Drain the pasta but reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water to add if sauce appears dry after tossed with pasta.
In the meantime, heat oil over medium heat in a large saute pan. Add red onion and saute until soft. Add garlic and red pepper, then saute for one minute being careful that the garlic doesn’t brown. Add the white wine, capers, salt and pepper and saute for several minutes. Turn off the heat, add the tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper.
Add pasta and cheese to the sauce and toss until covered with sauce. Plate pasta, drizzle with a little finishing oil and sprinkle with additional cheese.
This is a simple dish where tomatoes are the star. It is a recipe where the very best ingredients should be used; totally ripe tomatoes, your best extra virgin olive oil and grated cheese. I hope you will agree that this is your new summer favorite.