The basil is taking over! Recently a friend shared her signature pasta recipe with me. When her cherry tomatoes are taking over the garden, she sautées them in olive oil, tosses them with spaghetti noodles, and dinner is served. Since we have an abundance of basil I wanted to try something similar.
Step one: Raid the herb garden, and search for all the ripe tomatoes.
Step two: Find some pasta, and get the pasta water hot. While cleaning out the pantry today, I found some tortellinis from Italy.
Step three: While the pasta boils, and the tomatoes sauté in olive oil, blitz the basil in a food processor with some more olive oil. Stir the basil mixture in with the tomatoes. Salt & pepper to taste. Thin out the sauce with a ladle of pasta water. Let it simmer gently while the noodles cook.
Step four: Drain the pasta, turn off all burners, and toss the pasta with the sauce and let it mellow for 5 minutes. Top with a little pecorino romano, chili flakes and serve. Voilà - a dinner my three year old will eat on his own!