Fresh Tomato with Angel Hair Pasta
This meal is simple but delicious. Throw in some leftover chicken or sausage if you want to add some protein and kick up the flavor a notch.
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 4–6
- ½ cup pine nuts
- 4 ripe beefsteak tomatoes
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon white pepper
- 1 pound angel hair pasta
Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Place small skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add pine nuts; cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes or until nuts begin to brown and are fragrant. Remove from heat and pour nuts into a serving bowl.
Chop tomatoes into ½″ pieces and add to pine nuts along with olive oil, lemon juice, basil, salt, and pepper.
Add pasta to the boiling water; cook and stir until al dente, according to package directions. Drain and add to tomato mixture in bowl. Toss gently and serve immediately.
PER SERVING Calories: 277 | Fat: 18 g | Protein: 19 g | Sodium: 387 mg | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Fiber: 4 g
If you have a garden — or even just a sunny windows ill — by all means grow basil; it's easy to grow and requires very little maintenance. There are lots of kits available on the market or the Internet. Just be sure to use the basil before the plant starts to flower. You can also find fresh basil in the produce aisle of your supermarket.