Summer Harvest Balsamic Pasta

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the bountiful tomato harvest. Basil is a natural partner for those glorious vine-ripened tomatoes. This recipe is fast and easy to make, and you can easily refrigerate extras for delicious  meals-on-the-go! These ingredients are staples for a Mediterranean, heart-healthy diet.

INGREDIENTS

Cooked pasta of your choice

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

6-8 cloves of garlic, chopped

½ cup red onion, chopped

4-6 cups cherry tomatoes

2 cups fresh basil, coarsely chopped

Sea salt to taste (about 2-3 teaspoons)

Black pepper (optional)

Grated parmesan cheese

Balsamic glaze

 

In a deep pan sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil under medium heat until they start to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the salt and add pepper to taste if you wish.

Add the tomatoes and stir. Cover until the tomatoes blister and pop open (about 8-10 minutes)

Add the basil and stir

After about one minute add the previously cooked pasta. Here I’m using spaghetti but be creative! Try farfalle, penne, or linguini.

                                  Top with grated/shaved parmesan, balsamic glaze, and enjoy!