A Pasta Dinner for Dining El Fresco (it could happen)!

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…….more warm weather inspired dinners! With the temperature outside a balmy 32°, I could hardly help myself from dreaming about the fresh ingredients of summer. Even with the snow piled high, it was easy to imagine sitting out on our deck, enjoying dinner together as a family.

To me, nothing screams “fresh” louder than a beautiful tomato! This week my Dominick’s featured gorgeous, robust, vine ripe tomatoes; the perfect ingredient for a light and delicious pasta.

Fresh Tomato Angel Hair Pasta:


2 cloves of garlic

Pinch of salt

9 medium vine ripe tomatoes (or 3 lbs)

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp cracked black pepper

1 lb angel hair pasta

½ cup fresh chopped basil

Grated Parmesan


I use a mortar and pestle to mash the garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt

Set aside

To prepare the tomatoes:

Core and chop 6 tomatoes (or 2/3)

Halve the remaining 3 tomatoes (or 1/3)

Place a grater in a bowl

Rub the tomatoes against the side with the largest holes, gathering the pulp in the bowl

Discard the skins

In a large bowl, toss together;

Garlic paste

Tomatoes, chopped and pulped

Lemon juice




Allow the flavors to blend. Let stand at room temperature for at least 20 minutes, or up to a few hours.

When you are ready to cook the pasta, bring water to a boil

Cook angel hair pasta for 4-5 minutes (but watch it so it doesn’t get mushy)

Drain the pasta

Combine with the tomato mixture


Add grated Parmesan, and serve…….

More fresh ingredients, more delicious dinners, more glimmers of summer…….
Fresh Tomato Angel Hair Pasta


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