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Bruschetta Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Garnish & Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 pound linguine pasta
  • 4 large vine-ripened tomatoes ~3 cups
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves chiffonade
  • 3 plump garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese shaved
  • Crushed red pepper optional garnish

Instructions

  • In a large pot, boil water for pasta as directed on package. When it comes to a boil gently place the tomatoes in using a large spoon and let them cook for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Drop the pasta into the boiling water and cook as directed on package.
  • In a large bowl, combine olive oil, basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper.
  • When the tomatoes have cooled enough to handle, remove the skins from the tomatoes (As you would a peach. Trust me, after boiling it's really easy.) and then dice. Add to the large bowl.
  • When the pasta is finished cooking, transfer it with a spaghetti spoon straight from the pot to the bowl of tomatoes. Toss until all pasta is coated. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired. Add a little of the pasta water if the pasta seems too dry. (You'll want to reserve about 1/2 cup if you are planning on eating this for leftovers.)
  • Serve topped with shaved Parmesan cheese and red pepper.