Bruschetta Sauce for Pasta

From Emily Richards, author of Italian Express.

2009 Jul/Aug

Bruschetta, a fresh tomato mixture usually used raw as a topping for crusty bread, also makes a light, fresh pasta sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 T. chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • Pinch of hot pepper flakes
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 pkg (350 g) fresh pasta
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan

Directions:

In large non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and cook tomatoes and garlic for about 4 minutes or until the tomatoes become saucy. Add the parsley, oregano and hot pepper flakes. Cook for about 8 minutes or until softened and thickened slightly. Add salt.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta for about 6 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly and toss with the sauce. Serve topped with cheese. Serves 3 to 4.