Am I alone in this, or do you have tomatoes coming out of your ears?
This is the first year I've successfully grown a garden (thanks mainly to my boyfriend remembering to water the plants - I've often said that if my cats didn't meow, I might forget to feed them) and I'm so excited to be able to walk outside to pick fresh vegetables and herbs. We grew different varieties of tomatoes, including a fleshy yellow type. It's nearly seedless and, to be honest, a little weird looking. It also has a milder taste than most other tomatoes, but I'm still a fan. I eat tomatoes the way other people eat apples, and I could eat a bushel of them in one sitting if given the chance. And I might need to since all of our tomatoes seem to be ripening at once.
Which is why I decided to get creative the other night and make a pasta dish with as many random items as I could find. I call it "quick and easy garden tomato pasta." And like many of my other homespun recipes, nothing is exact. Use your best judgement.
- Tomatoes - as many as you can handle - seeded and chopped into small pieces - no need to get fancy chopping, though, because they boil down
- Finely chopped garlic - again, use your judgement - we love garlic and could eat whole cloves, but not everyone loves garlic as much as we do
- Fresh basil - I used a handful of leaves sliced into ribbons
- 2+ tablespoons of red cooking wine
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon parsley (I used dried)
- garlic salt - to taste
- 1 packet Stevia in the raw (optional)
- Shredded Parmesan cheese - could be optional - I liked the sauce without it
- 1 cup pasta - any shape
- Red pepper flakes -just a dash - adds a bit of a kick
My boyfriend generally hates tomatoes but really liked this pasta, so I consider this recipe to be a "win." It's really easy to throw together and cook on a weeknight. It's pretty low calorie but filling, too.
How are you using up the tomatoes from your garden? Do you have any favorite tomato based recipes?