Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Raw Tomato Sauce

I do not love raw tomatoes, but I really love this sauce.  I think my raw tomato aversion is more of a textural thing.  I don't like the combination of the watery, meaty, and seedy parts.  But the flavor is obviously super yummy.  When they are blended with other subtle flavors they make a very magical sauce that comes together so quickly that it really is a perfect night out.  It is also nice and healthy, so you can happily slurp up this sauce with no waistline regrets.  This sauce is particularly delightful as summer gets into full swing and your garden is overflowing with plump, juicy beauties, but you don't want to make a heavy, cooked tomato sauce.  I also think that kids would love this fun sauce and since it is very little chopping and no flames, the kids could probably help getting this sauce ready so they would enjoy eating it all that much more.  OR if you have a husband, wife, or significant other whose cooking skills are on par with that of a small child, give them this recipe and tell them that tonight...dinner is on them!
Raw Tomato Sauce
5 whole tomatoes
1 shallot, or small onion
2 plump garlic cloves
3 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 Tbs. olive oil
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
Parmesan cheese
1 box pasta - I love bow ties
1.  Coarsely chop tomatoes, shallot, garlic, parsley and thyme and set them in the blender with olive oil and a sprinkle and salt and pepper.
2.  I like the sauce to have a slight texture to it - not baby food smooth.
3.  Add the cheese and stir thoroughly to incorporate.
4.  Top cooked, hot pasta with the sauce

5.  Toss thoroughly so that the sauce warms slightly and all the flavors meld together.  Serve up the pasta and add extra sauce to each bowl.  Yum!
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