Quick Summer Spaghetti, Garden Freshness
A quick, cold fresh bruschetta tossed with hot, fresh-from-the-pot pasta fills the room with tangy aroma. This super simple Summer Spaghetti is a quick side dish or vegetarian main, perfect in the end of summer heat, and ready in under thirty minutes.
I love a fast Summer Spaghetti. Big, fresh flavour, brimming with mid-harvest ingredients; fresh tomatoes, basil, red wine vinegar and a good olive oil. Because this is such a clean dish I recommend you use the best olive oil you have, that $30 bottle of premium olive oil that you never use for cooking, but only for finishing. This is an application that will make it shine, bringing forward all that ripe, fruity flavor.
The fresher your bruschetta the better. I like to make it while the pasta boils and in this recipe I’ve used cherry tomatoes, but ripe Romas are perfect for this. Just boil, chop, mix, drain, toss and serve.
Cuisine just does not get any simpler than this.
Summer Spaghetti Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
spaghetti, for four
2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half lengthways (or Roma tomatoes, diced)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 red onion, diced fine (or 2 shallots)
1/4 cup fresh basil, rough chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons good quality olive oil
salt & pepper – to taste
grated pecorino cheese to finish
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat. While water heats cut tomatoes, garlic, onions and basil and toss into a small bowl along with red wine vinegar, your best olive oil and season well, reserve at room temperature until needed.
2. Once water is at a full boil add your pasta and cook to al dente – tender but still firm. Remove about 3 tablespoons of hot pasta water and reserve. Drain pasta and rinse with HOT water and hold briefly.
3. Take the same hot pot used for your pasta and return to medium heat, add bruschetta and hot pasta water and sweat for about 90 seconds, stirring constantly. Add pasta, toss to coat. Remove from heat and serve immediately with a generous topping of grated pecorino or parmesan and – dig in.
A terrific side with a grilled vegetables, steak or chicken. Echo flavours with a bit of basil and garlic or just keep in simple and let the pasta do the talking. Leftovers are perfect for lunch, cold. The simplicity of flavour in an old country classic from Northern Italy.