Friday, July 23, 2010

Pasta with Raw Sauce

It is so hot ridiculously hot. We knew we needed to eat something - but the idea of cooking and eating something even a degree above room temperature was less than thrilling. So we decided to look around the kitchen and see what we had that could count as dinner that would fast and require minimal effort and cooking. We decided to do a pasta (OK, we did have to cook the pasta) with a raw sauce. It was literally thrown together while the pasta cooked.

Pasta with Raw Sauce

Start your pasta (we used linguine because we had an open box, but use what ever you like).

Make the sauce: Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
1-2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
1/2-1 cup finely diced onion (I would use a nice sweet or red onion)
1/2-1 cup diced olives (we had a container of mixed greek olives in the fridge - so we used some of those)
a healthy scoop of capers, drained
a couple of basil leaves, chopped at the last minute
drizzle of olive oil
kosher salt

Optional (we had it, so we used it) : a big spoon (1/2 c maybe?) of ricotta cheese goes in the bottom of each serving bowl.

When the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the sauce and toss well. Put the tossed pasta in each bowl on top of the ricotta cheese. Stir in the bowl or as you eat it.

Verdict: VERY tasty and very easy and fast. The measurements don't matter - just do what looks good to you. It hard to go wrong if you use good tomatoes and olives.

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