California Central Coast Recipes

Raw Summer Tomato Sauce with Basil with Spaghetti

This is my version of the classic raw tomato sauce that most good Italian restaurants offer---especially in the summer. It's a great alternative when it's hot outside and you don't feel much like cooking.

All the sauce ingredients, other than the pasta, are raw. And it's pretty quick and easy to make. Basically you add all the sauce ingredients in a bowl, let them blend for an hour or so. Then cook your pasta at mealtime, mix the sauce with the pasta and serve.

If you have good tasting tomatoes it's absolutely delicious --and very low calorie.

We personally like it topped with a little grated Feta cheese. ©2018, Raw Summer Tomato Sauce with Basil with Spaghetti
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
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8 medium - large tomatoes , seeded, chopped and drained
2 small cloves garlic , crushed not chopped
1 cup Fresh basil leaves , coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoons Red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly cracked Black pepper to taste
6 to 8 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Pound Spaghetti or Linguine

*Optional Grated Feta cheese

Preparation Directions.

1 Put all the ingredients minus the pasta and cheese into a non-reactive (preferably stainless steel) bowl to marinate.

2 When gauging the amount of olive oil you need, you want the olive oil to just barely cover the tomato mixture. Be sure to mix well making sure that all ingredients are disbursed evenly.

3 Cover and set aside in a cool section of the kitchen for an hour or so.

4 When mealtime approaches, cook the pasta in boiling salted water or as directed on package. Drain the pasta well and add to bowl with sauce. Mix well and serve on individual dinner plates.

5 If desired, top with grated Feta cheese.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

This recipe goes especially well with a young Zinfandel.

A tip from Sue!

If rushed, prepare your ingredients in advance.

If you know youíll be rushed at cooking time, pre-measure out as many of the ingredients as you can, and arrange them by the cooking order of the recipe.

If itís going to be more than several minutes before you actually start making the dinner, be sure to cover the perishable ingredients with plastic wrap or place in containers and put them back in the refrigerator to hold until you are ready.