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Monday, January 3, 2011

Pasta with No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce

This dish is like the little black dress of pastas – simple, timeless, and elegant, And because the sauce requires no cooking, it takes just a few minutes to prepare. Take advantage of the season while it’s here – stock up on Heirlooms* and mange!

Pasta with No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce
1 (22-ounce) package gluten free pasta
3 small ripe heirloom tomatoes, chopped
1/2 bunch spinach (about 5 ounces), stemmed and cut into thin ribbons
1/2 C lightly packed basil leaves, cut into thin ribbons
2 T aged balsamic vinegar
2 T pine nuts, toasted

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, gently stirring once or twice, until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Reserve 1/3 cup of the pasta water1 and then drain pasta well and transfer to a large bowl. Add tomatoes, spinach, basil, vinegar and reserved pasta water and toss gently to wilt spinach. Transfer to plates, top with pine nuts and serve.

*”If heirloom tomatoes are unavailable, ask which variety is most flavorful and substitute! Serve with a green salad and you've got a meal.”

Modified from WholeFoods.com

-1/3 C of the pasta water is just an estimate – the first time I tried this recipe, it was way too much water. So slowly add just enough water to wilt the spinach. Depending on how hot the pasta is, you might not need any.

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