Is there any better summer pasta dinner dish than capellini alla checca??  If you don't know what it is, it's light angel hair pasta tossed with fresh tomatoes, garlic and spices.  It is fantastic to enjoy in these summer months!

This is also a fabulous way to use all those tomatoes you've been growing in the garden.  These are grape heirloom tomatoes, but you could easily use other tomatoes just diced up.

Capellini alla Checca

Serves 2

What you'll need:

1/2 pound capellini or angel hair pasta 

1 clove of garlic, extremely finely chopped

a couple handfuls of grape tomatoes (or diced tomato)

about 4 or 5 fresh basil leaves, sliced

a handful of fresh parsley, chopped

about 2 to 3 fresh oregano leaves, chopped

a heavy drizzle of olive oil

a handful of shredded parmesan cheese 

salt and pepper

What you'll do:

Place a pot of water on the stove over high heat.  While you are waiting for the water to boil, chop up the garlic and place in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.  

Halve the tomatoes, slice the herbs and mix together in the bowl with the garlic.  

Now, if you are into strong garlic like me, then when the pasta is done, drain and put it right into the bowl with the tomato mix and toss it together with some olive oil.

If you need your garlic a little more mild.  Place the tomato mix in a medium frying pan and heat up for a few minutes on low with some olive oil.  When the pasta is done, drain and put right in the pan with the tomatoes and toss.  

Top the pasta with some shredded parmesan and fresh basil.  Serve warm.


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