Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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This is the recipe that you’ve been looking for to use all the tomatoes from your garden.  This is easy, fast and delicious.  The sauce is creamy and when the mozzarella balls start to melt, it is absolutely dreamy.

 

Ingredients

12-15  Roma Tomatoes, blanched, seeded and chopped

1 Lb Pasta

1 Clove Garlic

1/4 Cup Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling

Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes

6 Basil Leaves, chopped

Salt and Pepper

1 TBSP Butter

1/4 Cup Parmigiano Reggiano

Pasta Water

Mozzarella balls – (Optional)

 

 

Instructions

Blanch the tomatoes

Cut an X at the bottom of each tomato.  Drop the tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for 1-2 minutes or until you see the skins separating from the tomato.  

 

 

Once the tomatoes have cooled enough to work with them, the skin will come off easily. 

Cut the tomatoes in half and take out the core and seeds then cut them into small pieces. 

Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a deep skillet.  When the oil is hot, add the tomatoes, minced garlic, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Let simmer until the tomatoes are soft and their liquid is released.  Simmer 20 minutes over medium heat.

Cook the pasta following the manufacturers directions.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

Add the pasta to the tomatoes and toss until the pasta is completely coated.  Add the butter and stir. If the pasta seems too dry, add some of the pasta water a little at a time. 

Take the skillet off the heat and add the parmigiano-reggiano and the basil leaves.  Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss.

If you are adding the mozzarella balls, add them to each individual dish.  The hot pasta will partially melt them giving them a velvety texture.

Serve with additional parmigiano-reggiano and basil.

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