Bruschetta Inspired pastaWhen it is a hundred million degrees outside, this is the perfect thing for lunch or dinner. I love bruschetta and this pasta is so much less work and is just delicious. The bonus is that you only have to turn your stove on for a few minutes to cook the pasta. Heaven knows, you don’t need any more heat going on.

Bruschetta Inspired pastaWhat You’ll Need:
Serves Two

  • 12 oz bag of cherry tomatoes, stems removed and tomatoes quartered
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, julienned
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon balsalmic vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • Couple of grinds of black pepper
  • Pasta of your choice

Mix all ingredients (except the pasta) in a bowl and cover tightly at room temperature for 4 hours letting the tomatoes macerate. Take a moment to look at the tomatoes and basil together – just beautiful.

Bruschetta Inspired pastaIf you plan on waiting longer than 4 hours, put the mixture in a refrigerator. You don’t really want to wait longer than 12 hours to eat this though.

Cook and drain your pasta. Mix the tomato mixture with your pasta to coat and you’re done. I bet you didn’t even break a sweat.