Italian pasta alla checca

    20 min

    Dinner doesn't get any easier (or fresher) than this! Simply chop up some ripe tomatoes, garlic and basil; mix with a drop of olive oil and spoon on top of hot pasta. Add crushed chillies if you fancy some heat!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 5 tomatoes, seeded and diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • handful chopped fresh basil
    • 100ml (4 fl oz) olive oil
    • salt to taste
    • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 (500g) pack pasta, any shape you prefer

    Prep:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Combine tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil in a non-metallic bowl. Stir in salt. Cover with cling film. Allow to sit at room temperature at least 2 hours, or as long as 10 hours.
    2. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain. Pour uncooked sauce over hot pasta, and toss. Add grated Parmesan cheese to your liking.

    Parmesan cheese

    Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

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    Something else. Excellent recipe, however it needs just a little more flavour. Don't forget to add half a minced red onion (or more to taste). That really complements the tomato flavour. Salt needs to be about half a teaspoon and a hint of freshly ground black pepper. Also, if you're in a hurry or out of fresh tomatoes, the tinned tomatoes actually substitute quite well. You can buy whole tinned and chop them yourself or buy them already chopped. Oh, and I think 4 T of olive oil was fine since I am not too fond of oil. I would just add an extra tomato or two to have enough sauce. FABULOUS fresh recipe.  -  21 Jul 2008


    Used different ingredients. This recipe was perfect for the fresh tomatoes I picked out of my garden. I didn't have time to let the sauce 'sit' and it still tasted great. I did slightly alter the recipe. I used penne for my pasta, reduced the the garlic to 1 clove and added 250g boiled prawns to the finished product -- which helped to make it a bit more hearty for my family.  -  21 Jul 2008


    This was just beautiful! I will be making this atleast once a week, it is so simple to make and bursting with freshness and flavour, and the dish had a huge thumbs up from my fussy eating kids. thank you  -  15 Aug 2010