Linguine With Tomatoes and Basil
4 large ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 pound Brie cheese, rind removed, torn into irregular pieces
1 cup cleaned fresh basil leaves, cut into strips
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon best-quality olive oil
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds linguine
freshly grated imported Parmesan cheese (optional)
This recipe could only be the result of hot, lazy days and abundant ripe tomatoes and basil. The heat of the pasta warms and brings out the flavors of the sauce in a wonderfully subtle way. Delicious and easy.
1. Combine tomatoes, Brie, basil, garlic, 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper in a large serving bowl. Prepare at least 2 hours before serving and set aside, covered, at room temperature.
2. Bring 6 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and remaining salt. Add the linguine anf boil until tender but still firm, 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Drain pasta and immediately toss with the tomato sauce. Serve at once, passing the peppermill and grated Parmesan if you like.
Makes 4 to 6 portions
Quick Goat Cheese Spread
- Take a piece of goat’s cheese, place in a serving bowl, and break up with a fork.
- If you’re a garlic fan, add a pressed clove of garlic.
- Add a liberal dose of Mansmith, mix gently and top with olive oil.
Serve with French bread, crackers, or even veggies!
Will keep for a week or two in the fridge… (if you can stay out of it!)
Burrata, Strawberry, and Basil Salad
- 1 8-ounce ball fresh burrata cheese
- 1 7- to 8-ounce container fresh strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered, if large
- 2 tablespoons small fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons balsamic syrup
PreparationTIME: 15 MINTIME: 15 MIN
Place burrata in center of plate.
Scatter strawberries, then basil leaves and walnuts around cheese.
Drizzle oil over. Sprinkle sea salt and freshly ground black pepper over.
Drizzle syrup over.