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favorite recipies of a food addict

fresh tomato pasta July 20, 2006

Filed under: pasta,vegetarian — girlymama @ 12:36 pm

this is a huge hit with the kiddies, who absolutely adore everything pasta and love those “baby tomatoes”

fresh tomato pasta

serves 4

angel hair pasta (i recommend this.)
salt and pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced or thinly sliced
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
1 teaspoon dried oregano, parsley, Italian seasoning (whatever you like best)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the angel hair according to package directions until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring for about 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes, spice you picked, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring, until the tomato juices run, about 3 or 4 minutes.

3. Add the drained angel hair, basil and 1/4 cup Parmesan to the skillet and toss to combine.  Serve with more cheese, if desired.

**This is GREAT recipe to use up leftover chicken!! Just chop and throw it in with the tomatoes and it will heat right up!

recipe origin: adapted from recipe in Everyday Food Magazine.

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