Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spaghetti with tomatoes and garlic

Tonight was one of those meals where I was looking around the kitchen to see what there was to put together in to something edible.  Rosie Jane wanted me to use some of her basil (grown from the seed packet on a box of Triscuits) and we've always got pasta of some sort around.  Also found a head of garlic and a tomato, so I made a nice summery pasta dish for dinner.  Too bad it was just Rosie Jane and me.

Just to warn you, this is yet another of those recipes that don't include specific measurements.  You'll probably find lots of those coming.

Spaghetti or some other pasta
Olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic (I used 3 large ones, we like garlic)
a tomato, chopped (add a second if you're serving more than 2 or 3)
fresh basil, sliced

Cook the pasta to al dente.  Mince the garlic or when you're ready to put it in the skillet use a garlic press.  When the pasta is almost done, cover the bottom of a skillet with olive oil.  Add the garlic and stir until not quite golden then add the chopped tomatoes and their juice.  Cook for a minute or so.  Drain and add the pasta.  Toss to mix then add the basil and salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

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