This month marks BW and my 12th "veganniversary," and so I'd planned to share all sorts of vegan goodies on my blog during August. Due to circumstances beyond my control that plan hasn't panned out yet, though I am managing to add critter photos to my ABC Wednesday posts whenever possible. :-) In my vegan stash to share are a couple of recipes, and since we've been enjoying this dish frequently during this hot, busy summer and I just made another batch this morning, and because this is a perfect time for it with tomatoes and basil coming on in everyone's gardens, I wanted to post this one now before any more of August gets away...
Drop 5 large tomatoes into boiling water for 1 full minute. Peel, seed and chop.
(OR, use a 28-oz or two 15-oz cans of organic diced or fire-roasted tomatoes instead)
Put into a large bowl with:
- a garlic clove, sliced in half
- 2/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (a .66oz/18gm package)
- salt (optional) (I use 3/4 tsp)
- crushed red pepper flakes (I use 3/4 tsp)
Let sit for a couple of hours, then remove the garlic. Boil one pound of organic penne (or the pasta of your choice ~ bowties are fun in this), drain and toss with the cold tomato mixture. Serve immediately.
The original recipe called for using linguini (and is therefore named Linguini alla Cecca), but we prefer the penne. The only other change I've made to the recipe is leaving out the 1/2 cup of olive oil.
Spear the cloves with toothpicks before adding them to the mixture to make them easier to find and retrieve when it's time to take them out. Sometimes I add an extra garlic clove, or leave them in an extra hour or two. We like garlic. :-)
Despite the recipe instructing us to "serve immediately," we like this any which way, and usually eat it as cold leftovers. BW often likes to add black olives to his, while I sometimes prefer a little garlic salt and nooch sprinkled on mine.
"Cecca," a derivative of the name Francesca, is roughly pronounced "CHECK-ah." And since it's an Italian dish, I love that it shares its colors with the Italian flag!