This dish is the epitome of freshness. Use sun-ripened tomatoes when in season. During the off season, I recommend Pomi brand chopped tomatoes. I will include a picture of the package at the end of this recipe.
1/2 pound spaghetti
5 large garlic cloves
1 bunch fresh basil
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 carton (25 ounces) Pomi chopped tomatoes, drained (or 28 ounce other brand chopped tomatoes, drained)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water, salted. Cook approximately 7 – 9 minutes. Drain well.
While the pasta is cooking, chop the garlic and remove the basil leaves from their stems. Slice the basil leaves into long, thin strips.
In a large skillet, combine garlic and olive oil. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant, not brown, approximately 1 – 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper and increase the heat to medium-high.
Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat stir in the basil, add the spaghetti. Toss and serve.
Pomi tomatoes are from Parma Italy and are 100% Natural – no artificial flavors, no preservatives, no water added or citric acid.