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Lazy Day Summer Pasta

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Why I Love This Recipe

An easy summer pasta dish. Pairs nicely with fresh fruit, salad or another vegetable. Eleanor Rosellini

Ingredients You'll Need

3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
12 basil leaves
5 large ripe tomatoes
12 oz. rigatoni pasta
½ lb. fresh, lightly salted mozzarella


Take out your largest bowl. Add the garlic. Pour in the olive oil. With scissors, snip the basil leaves into shreds over the garlic mixture. Let sit all day.

About 2 hours before serving, chop the tomatoes and add them to the bowl.

When ready to eat, cook pasta. Meanwhile, cut the mozzarella into small cubes.

Drain the pasta and pour it on top of the tomato mixture. Do not stir. Spread the mozzarella on top of the pasta and toss only the pasta and cheese; the cheese will soften slightly, and the pasta will get coated with fat. Then stir up from the bottom, incorporating the tomato mixture. Season with salt.

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