We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Favorite Easy Tomato, Basil And Pasta Dish

  • 1/2 lb spaghetti type pasta
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 8-10  roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste


  1. Prep the tomatoes, garlic, etc-- before boiling the pasta.

  2. Boil pasta while making the rest of the dish.

  3. Saute garlic in olive oil.

  4. Add tomatoes and cover, simmering for 7-10 minutes with the balsamic vinegar and seasonings until tomatoes fall apart.

  5. Cut basil leaves and toss all ingredients together, including Parmesan cheese.

  6. Serve additional Parmesan on the side, if desired

Can be served hot or even as a cold pasta dish the next day.


  1. This sounds great, and something I can fix for this evening's dinner with chicken. We have lots of ripe tomatoes already!

    1. It would be wonderful with chicken, or shrimp or even salmon, and if you have fresh rosemary you could add a little to the chicken while it is baking.