Wednesday, September 24

Summer Tomato Recipes #2 & #3

Our monster sungold plant is continuing to produce lots of tomatoes! The Fresh Pasta Toss recipe I'm going to share with you is perfect for using up *lots* of cherry tomatoes at one time. It also doesn't require cooking. What?! Yeah, that's right. Probably explains why I've made it so often this month.

Fresh Pasta Toss

4 cups cherry tomatoes, rinsed and halved

1/4 - 1/3 cup olive oil
2-3 T balsamic vinegar

2-3 minced garlic cloves

2 t dried oregano (you can omit and add 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil)
pinch of red pepper flakes (more or less depending on preference)

generous pinch of sea or kosher salt

Put everything in a bowl, toss together, put a dish towel over the top and let it sit on the counter. The flavors will meld together and the tomatoes will soften. It can sit anywhere from 1-3 hours . . . probably more, who knows? All ingredient amounts are guesses - cater it to your liking.

Toss with spaghetti (or whatever pasta you have on hand) top with parmesano reggiano cheese. You'll want to eat this with a thick slice of crusty bread as well to mop up all the oily, garlicky goodness at the bottom of your pasta dish.

This recipe doesn't seem like much, but once you try it you'll be a believer.

My final Summer Tomato Recipe is this:

Place your tomatoes in a disposable container and GIVE THEM AWAY!! You can have too much of a good thing. I've picked 3 of these 2lb containers from my plant this month. It's totally nutso.

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

That...Is a lot of tomatoes.

Andi C said...

I'm so jealous! My plants did not produce this year, and I'm not the only one, I've talked to numerous people whose plants just didn't do a thing this year, so what's your secret?

katy said...

andi - honestly i think it is 4 things:

1) the variety - sungolds are producers!

2) our raised beds are brand new this year and are filled with beautiful, fresh soil we purchased at Sky Nursery.

3) in addition to the great soil, I also added organic vegetable fertilizer before planting anything. i followed the directions on the box and mixed in 4 cups prior to planting.

4) luckily picked a good, healthy plant from Swanson's

How are your blueberries? we only got 3 this year . . . when we move back, I'm going to plant them in the ground to see if they do better. actually, i should probably do that before we go -

juliekintaiwan said...

Hey, I think even I can handle this recipe!

Andi C said...

I think it might be my soil, but I did fertilize. Carrots and artichokes grew, but leeks, squash, peppers, and pumpkins did nothing. All of those have done wonderful before. My fruit however exploded! My strawberries were bigger and more abundant than ever so I had to make jam. The blueberries were spectacular. I don't ever do anything to them. They've been there before we moved in.
I'm going to have to really change my soil next year I think. I was so bummed too, I bought heirloom tomatoes, inspired by the book.

aurora said...

This looks yummy! Thanks for posting the recipe.

Linds said...

I have this 'melding' for tonights dinner. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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