Monday, August 29, 2005

End of summer recipe

My beefsteak and patio tomatoes are all but gone, but those tiny, tender sweet grape tomatoes keep on coming! I threw together a great pasta last night with the last sprigs of basil from the deck, some fresh spinach from the refrig. and a handful of herbs from my garden pot outside the door. For extra flavor, I added a few slices of chopped bacon, garlic and turned out to be a keeper!

1/2 pound spaghetti, cooked al dente
giant handful of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 slices of bacon, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 piece of shallot, minced
five fresh basil leaves, torn into piece
handful of fresh spinach
salt & pepper
3 Tbl extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbl grated cheese (I like pecorino romano)

While boiling the pasta...

In a large non-stick saute pan, saute bacon over low-medium heat until just turning brown on edges. (You can remove a Tablespoon of bacon fat if you think it's too much saturate bacon fat). Add olive oil & garlic & shallots. Cook one minute then add the tomatoes. Raise heat to medium and cook until tomatoes are turning saucy (no more than 5 minutes). Add basil, salt & pepper to taste and fresh spinach. Mix well, taste again, then add cooked pasta to the pan. Add cheese and toss to coat. Serve with tossed salad.


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At 10:15 PM, Blogger Arevanye said...

The recipe looks really wonderful. Wow! All those tomatoes just from today? I think we're done with most of ours here--I cooked down a potful into sauce this morning and froze it. I love those little pear-shaped tomatoes.

Oh, and you might want to turn on your word verification feature--looks like you got comment spammed.


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