Anything Pasta

A long time ago, I made up my own recipe for a quick pasta sauce.  I don’t remember how this recipe was born, exactly – I’m sure it was a mixture of creativity, stuff in the fridge and a hardcore craving for pasta.

Since then I’ve prepared one variation after another literally hundreds of times.  It’s the sort of recipe you can change up according to the ingredients you have on hand.  I eat far too much of it.  I can admit my faults.

At the time I last made this, I had the great trifecta on hand: Tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil.  Talk about a match made in heaven, and my personal favorite flavor combination.

I also had black olives, which worked because I’ll put them in just about anything.  I’ve been known to eat handfuls of them at a time.  I might need therapy.

If I had spinach or mushrooms I’d have added them as well.  Lemon juice, white wine, any other fresh herbs…let your creativity run wild.

This sauce is such a wonder that unless you’re cooking fresh pasta or something thin like angel hair, you can prepare it in the time it takes the pasta to cook!

The fresh basil wilts when tossed with the hot pasta, and its scent is released.  It mingles with the garlic and tomatoes and creates a cloud of temptation which hangs in the air and begs you to take a taste.  And let’s not even talk about how the mozzarella starts to melt and fuse itself with the pasta.  Shaved Parmesan? Be still my heart.

Go ahead.  Try it for yourself.  And love this child of our combined imaginations.

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  31 Responses to “Pasta with Quick Tomato Sauce”

  1. Your photos are beautiful! This has my mouth watering!!!

  2. This looks really good and so simple. I buy a lotta tomatoes, and I usually eat them up with no problem. But this is a great way to use a bunch of them up if I need to get to them in a hurry. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks delicious. Especially with summer coming on. And I echo the comment from Alexis – your photos are beautiful!

  4. One of my favorite go-to meals!

  5. Looks so yummy! Definitely have to try this recipe!

  6. Yum! That looks so good. There isn’t much better than tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil together.

  7. Look at you. Movin up in the world. And becoming a food photographer as well. Congrats.

  8. I have a very similar go-to sauce and love it! Sometimes when I don’t want to babysit it I roast the tomatoes too which gives it a yummy flavor as well!

  9. My mouth is watering looking at this. So fresh looking. Ahhh! I can only imagine! I WILL be doing this one for me :) My hubby is not a fan of the black olives, but I LOVE THEM!!!!

  10. Shaved parm totally has a different appeal than grated, doesn’t it?

    I love that you have the ability to just create with what’s in the fridge. We make our own sauce, but with canned san marzano. Never in my wildest dreams would I think about grabbing a package of grape tomatoes!

  11. m’mm! this pasta looks so fresh & simple – love it!

    i would love for you to link this & any other recipe to mangia monday!

  12. This looks fantastic! I love making fresh, homemade sauces. Oh, the thought of melted mozzarella over pasta right now…yum!

  13. I’ve never thought to use grape tomatoes in pasta sauce…very clever!

  14. This sounds delicious. We make a salad with tomato, fresh basil, mozzarella balls and balsamic vinegar. I will have to try your recipe!

  15. Yum, it looks so good! I am definitely going to try this. Our family loves pasta.

  16. This looks really yummy! Came over from the SITS comment hour.

  17. This looks so yummy! I am your newest follower from #commenthour

  18. YUM… sounds SO good!!


  19. Came over for #CommentHour and so glad I did! I want to make pasta this weekend and was looking for something different…found it! Thank you. I will have to let you know how it comes out ♥

  20. Looks delicious. I love making my own tomato sauce. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Stopping by for #commenthour from sits

    So many cooks in this bunch this is great
    Need to visit and start cooking more


  22. Now, I’m craving tomatoes!! Ummm… nice food photos. Stopping by for #commenthour

  23. Coming from #CommentHour – this looks so delicious! And simple too!

  24. That looks SO good!!! YUM! Thanks for stopping by my blog for SITS comment hour!

  25. YUM.

    I can’t wait until my taste buds resurface.

  26. oooo thanks for this! Pasta with red sauce is one of the few things DD will actually eat!

    stopping by way late from the comment hour!

  27. Your pictures are amazing!

  28. I clicked on this post because I saw the pasta and tomatoes in a picture on your sidebar. and YUM. I wish my hub wasn’t so picky — although I might just make this on my own for lunches.

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