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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Raw summer tomato sauce for pasta

My husband made this dish which he found in this months AARP magazine. I can't eat some of the ingredients, but he loved it.  Here is what he said:

I tried a really good simple thing called "Raw Summer Tomato Sauce for Pasta".  It was really good, but will leave you with serious bad breath, so make sure you have some gum or mints on hand.

2 lbs. ripe tomatoes at room temp.
2-3 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 large basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Grated cheese (optional)
Good also with some canned salmon or fresh--Optional!

Cut the tomatoes into 1" chunks, capturing the juice in a large mixing bowl.  Smash the garlic and peel; then chop it finely and crush with a little of the salt into a coarse paste.  Scatter the garlic over the tomatoes and mix gently.  Chop the basil leaves and scatter on the tomatoes.  Sprinkle the red pepper on top and mix.  Pour in the oil, mix again, and let stand for 1-2 hours.

Toss into pasta and enjoy with a glass of wine!  You can add salmon or chicken if desired.

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