Basil Garden Pasta

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Basil is the key ingredient in pesto sauce. Add to an ordinary salad-or French bread slices with tomatoes and mozzarella- and these appetizers become extraordinary.

Preparation time: 1.5 hours
Cooking time:

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 14


2 lbs. plum tomatoes
3 cloves garlic minced
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ lb. penne* or zitti*
1 cup basil leaves, chopped coarsely
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, TSITALIA*
½ cup of Fontina* cheese, diced
2 tablespoons pinenuts*, optional
* These items are available at Nabeel's International Market in Homewood, AL


1.Dice plum tomatoes.
2.Place in a large bowl.
3.Mix in garlic.
4.Toss with kosher salt and let stand for 1 hour for juices to form.
5.Cook pasta.
6.Toss hot pasta in the sauce.
7.Add salt and pepper to taste, garnish with pinenuts.


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