Happy Canada Day! To my American friends, Happy Independence Day!
Tonight I am going to sit on the roof of my house with Andrew and watch fireworks explode in the sky. This may sound like a romantic evening, but more likely I will be trying to see the fireworks through a pile of hair and drool. Our dog Audrey, who is not by any means a lap dog, but will be convinced she is when the fireworks terrify her into a shaking, shedding, lap sitting, drooling, mess of a dog. You may feel sorry for her, but this same thing happens when I set the clock on the stove or paint my nails. You could say she is a bit of a wimp.
On the other hand, I am a big wimp when it is this hot! I mean it is so hot and humid in Toronto right now, and with an air conditioning free house, I am feeling it. So what to make for dinner when it is so stinking hot? Something fresh, light, and summery, such as Fresh Summer Tomato Basil Pasta. Yeah, you could have seen that coming! It really is an all time fav. This pasta takes only 15 minutes to whip up, and only one pot on the stove (no oven heating up your house). Summer tomatoes, is there anything more scrumptious. I don’t even bother buying tomatoes in the winter as they are usually hard, flavourless and grainy. But in the summer, local tomatoes are full of rich tomato-y goodness, so I wanted to feature them today in this dish for the 1/100/100 Challenge. I toss them with a bit of fresh basil, raw garlic, some sweet red onions, and a little spice, if you like. Toss these fresh raw ingredients with the hot pasta and the aromas and flavours release making a pretty damn scrumptious dish.
Fresh Summer Tomato Basil Pasta:
3 Ripe Tomatoes
1/2 Small Red Onion
1 Clove of Garlic
Small Bunch of Basil Leaves (around 1/2 Cup Loosely Packed)
1/4 teaspoon Chili Flakes (optional but delicious)
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Pasta for two (I used brown rice pasta, which is gluten free)
Beautiful tomatoes. Just sitting there being all devourable.
Start by boiling a big pot of water, and cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.
When your pasta is done, drain and set aside. Now dump your tomato mixture in the hot pan, give a stir, and then add the pasta back in the pan with the tomatoes, and toss to combine.
Serve right away with a sprinkle of parmegan.