Flash-Sautéed Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce √

Makes about 2 ½ cups.

Note: The sauce loses its vibrancy after a few hours, so use it as soon as possible after making it. This sauce is a pleasure simply tossed with penne and a handful of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. But it's also delicious on grilled polenta or grilled fish. From "Modern Sauces: More Than 150 Recipes for Every Cook, Every Day," by Martha Holmberg.

• 1/3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp. minced, seeded jalapeño, serrano or other fresh hot chile or peperoncino

• Kosher salt

5 c. ripe cherry tomatoes, stemmed and halved if large

• 1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp. lightly packed finely grated lemon zest

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice, plus more if needed

3 tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, basil or mint, or a mixture

• 1 tsp. unsalted butter


In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chili and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring often, until soft and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring often, until they begin to burst and release their juice, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so, then stir in the lemon zest and juice. Remove the pan from the heat, add the parsley and butter, and swirl the pan to blend them into the sauce. Taste and balance the seasoning with salt and lemon juice if needed. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information per ½ cup serving:

Calories 52 Fat 2 g Sodium 11 mg

Carbohydrates 8 g Saturated fat 1 g Calcium 24 mg

Protein 2 g Cholesterol 2 mg Dietary fiber 2 g

Diabetic exchanges per serving: 1 vegetable, ½ fat.

Angel Hair Pasta with Flash-Sautéed Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce, Tuna and Green Olives √

Serves 4.

For a splurge, use Spanish tuna in olive oil; for a bargain, try Genova brand, also in olive oil but half the price. From "Modern Sauces: More Than 150 Recipes for Every Cook, Every Day," by Martha Holmberg.

• Kosher salt

• 1 lb. angel hair pasta

2 1/2 c. Flash-Sautéed Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce (see recipe), heated

2 (6-oz.) cans good-quality tuna packed in oil, drained and flaked

1/2 c. pitted green olives such as Lucques or Castelvetrano

• 1 tbsp. rinsed capers

1/4 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, or other fresh herbs


Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta, stir, and cook until just shy of al dente (about 1 minute less than the package instructions). Just before the pasta is ready, scoop out about 1/2 cup of the cooking water and set aside. Drain the pasta.

Return the pasta to the pot over medium heat. Add the tomato sauce and toss to coat evenly. Fold in the tuna, olives and capers, and then fold in a few spoonfuls of reserved pasta water to create a nice saucy consistency.

Divide the pasta among warmed pasta bowls and sprinkle with the parsley. Serve right away.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 744 Fat 14 g Sodium 1,080 mg

Carbohydrates 110 g Saturated fat 3 g Calcium 78 mg

Protein 43 g Cholesterol 16 mg Dietary fiber 10 g

Diabetic exchanges per serving: 1 vegetable, 7 bread/starch, 3 lean meat, 1 fat.