Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes. I’m swimming in them. And the most marvelous thing about tomato season is that much of the work has been done for you, by the farmer. In-season tomatoes are the most marvelous thing to happen to cooking, because even kitchen-phobic, “I can’t even boil water, pass the takeout menu!” types can make perfect, delicious, and colorful meals with minimal effort.
This recipe is another simple, delicious way to cook with your tomatoes right now.
You can either serve it hot, as a side dish, or as a cold salad, by allowing the orecchiette to chill before adding the other ingredients.
It’s exactly the kind of food I’ll be enjoying this week on my Sonoma Valley vacation – hence, the short, effortless recipe for the short, effortless post. Brian and I will be cooking some amazing, California cuisine in our rented tree house kitchen between kayaking, hiking, and wine touring, and I promise to share it all with you here.
10 ounces orecchiette (little ear-shaped pasta; about 3 cups uncooked)
1/2 pound pea-size mozzarella or fresh mozzarella, diced
1 pound grape tomatoes or pear tomatoes in assorted colors, halved
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or more, to taste)
3 tablespoons minced fresh garlic chives or regular chives
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain; return pasta to pot. If you are going to make a salad, chill this until it is cold. If you are serving it as a pasta dish, add mozzarella; stir until cheese begins to melt, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and all remaining ingredients; toss to blend evenly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.