Today we had the good fortune to go to a farmer's market. Included in my many purchases were some juicy tomatoes. For dinner tonight, I wanted to do something with the tomatoes and the gorgeous basil that is multiplying like crazy on my back porch. I made this pasta dish, and it is summer on a plate!
The great flavors of garlic, tomato, fresh basil and feta cheese combine to give you something different to put on that pasta of yours. (Aren't you so sick of marinara. Enough already!) We always have feta on hand. As we always say in our family, "Feta makes it betta."
This recipe is so simple and so delicious. You can eat it hot or cold (think summer buffet), although tonight we had it warm with some grilled lemon chicken, salad, and corn-on-the-cob. It was my first time making it, but it won't be my last.
Tomato, Basil, and Feta on Penne
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 T olive oil
2 cups tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 pound penne pasta
3 T chopped fresh basil
1 cup chopped feta cheese
Cook penne according to pasta. Meanwhile, warm olive oil in saute pan. Saute garlic for a minute or two (do not let it brown). Add chopped tomatoes. Let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes so the natural juices come out. Season with salt and pepper. Once penne is cooked, drain and toss with tomato mixture. Add fresh basil and pasta. Toss to combine.