August 31, 2004
Fresh Tomato Toss (Tossed Two Directions)

During the summer, fresh tomatoes are plentiful. Whether from our garden, friends, or the farmers market, we always have several varieties of tomatoes available.

One of our favorite summer dishes is what my wife calls "Fresh Tomato Toss." This fresh and easy entrée consists of a simple combination of plum tomatoes, chopped green onion (scallions), a clove or two of garlic, olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, fresh chopped basil, and your favorite pasta. Feel free to vary the ingredients and their quantity in the dish to your own specifications. Parmesano Reggiano is the usual garnish at our house.

My wife prefers to sauté the garlic in the olive oil, then add her tomatoes, cooking them down a bit before adding the pasta, red pepper flakes, basil, and green onion.

My preference is to add all the fresh ingredients to the cooked pasta in a big bowl, letting the pasta cook the rawness out of the garlic. Either way, the dish is delicious, and a wonderful way to reap the benefits of our garden.

Posted by david on August 31, 2004
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