Recipe by KDCG
"Tony is my husband. He brought home a recipe he had gotten from someone at work, and it was adapted over time to this recipe--so I named it Tony's Summer Pasta. The tomatoes and cheese are marinated in oil, basil, and garlic, and then tossed with the hot linguine. The tomatoes are warmed and the cheese melts ever so slightly, creating a simple but delectable meal."
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1 (16 ounce) package
roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
shredded mozzarella cheese
chopped fresh basil
ground black pepper to taste
I used bocconcini (little fresh mozzarella balls) instead of the shredded mozzarella and red-ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped. I skipped the garlic salt - totally unnecssary. To avoid a strong taste of raw garlic I mixed the minced garlic with a little salt, then used the flat side of my chef's knife to mash it into a paste. I added all ingredients to taste rather than measuring. A plate of this and I'm happy. Very happy.
This was dinner for us last night. I used whole wheat pasta, cut down the mozzerella cheese in half and cut the EVOO WAY down to a 1/4 c., if that. I also used fresh garlic. My boys seemed to like this but my husband thought it would have been better with a mixture of parmesan and mozzerella. Good base recipe to tweak any way you like to make it suit your family.
Simple, delicious - and not just for summer! Although, I'll definitely remember this for summer when garden ripe tomatoes are in season. I subbed penne pasta for the linguini and opted to use fresh mozzarella that I sliced and chopped vs. shredded. I also used regular salt vs. garlic salt. This is a great side dish for any meal or you could make this a meal in and of itself it's so good. Next time I might add a splash of balsamic vinegar or a bit of crushed red pepper flakes for a little pizzaz!
I was really excited about this recipe and followed it exactly except I added 1/4 lb of prosciutto. However the garlic really overpowered the taste from the tomatoes and the basil. We love garlic, but it is very powerful raw. I would decrease the amount of garlic if I were to make it again.
This recipe is fantastic! I served Tony's Summer Pasta for a family dinner party and everyone wanted me to email the recipe to them. Someone even suggested you could try feta cheese instead of the mozzarella.
Basically a good recipe idea, but I would make
the following changes:
double the tomatoes & basil
4 cloves (instead of 6) of garlic
cut the cheese in half
very good and full of flavor. in order to cut down on the calories, i left the cheese out of the recipe completely and added a few more veggies to the marinade. i put some grated parmesan on the table when i served it so people could add a little parmesan to the top if they wished, but no one really missed it. it was a huge hit. i was able to serve this again cold as a nice summer pasta salad using bite-sized pasta instead of the pasta strands. fresh lemon is great in this dish as well!
Try this with brie cheese instead of the mozzarella. Cut rind off first, and tear or cut into small chunks. It's the BEST! I've had this recipe for 20 years, and make it every summer with fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden. The brie is a must-try!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Tony's Summer Pasta
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 287
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