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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mediterranean Pasta Delight

I finally got to make fresh pasta using my birthday present: a Kitchenaid Pasta attachment for my mixer. More pics of that adventure to come later. Doesn't that pasta look scrumptious? Trust me, it was. Fresh ingredients are always so much more flavorful. Of course, you can use store bought fresh pasta or dried. 

1/2 cup olive oil
4 T. minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped basil
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 T. McCormick Mediterranean Sea Salt w/spices
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil. When olive oil is warmed, add the garlic and reduce heat to low. Stir constantly so as not to let the garlic burn. Burned garlic is bitter garlic. When the garlic has softened and flavored the oil, add the basil, tomatoes and parsley. Stir gently and allow the tomatoes to slightly soften. You want them to retain their shape, but only give up a little of their juice. Add the spice blend and lemon juice.

Serve over cooked pasta of your choice and top with grated Parmesan.

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