Summer's Freshest Tomato Sauce

Serves 4 to 6.

Note: You can serve this hot or at room temperature. It's so satisfying that it needs little else to make a full dish. But a little sprinkling of grated hard cheese or shredded mozzarella or a dollop of ricotta is always nice. From Beth Dooley.

• 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

• 1 garlic clove, smashed

• 2 to 2 1/2 lb. mixed tomatoes (cherry, beefsteak, plum) cut into 1/2-in. dice

• 2 to 3 tbsp. torn fresh basil leaves

• 1 lb. pasta (spaghetti, linguine or angel hair)

• About 6 quarts of salted water

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Film a 10- or 12-inch heavy skillet with the oil and set over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, tomatoes and basil, and cook only until the juices have been released, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Bring the water to a rapid boil. Drop in the pasta and stir, cooking until tender, but a little firm (al dente).

Drain in a colander, then toss into the pan with the tomatoes and tangle together. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Nutrition information per each of 6 servings:

Calories425Fat9 gSodium290 mg

Carbohydrates72 gSaturated fat1 gAdded sugars0 g

Protein14 gCholesterol0 mgDietary fiber6 g

Exchanges per serving: 2 vegetable, 4 starch, 1 fat.