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pasta with fresh tomatoes in a red bowl

Pasta with Salsa Fresca (fresh tomato sauce)

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  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 pints (560 grams) tomatoes (cherry, roma, garden, or heirloom variety), diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, slivered
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, torn by hand
  • 1/2 cup good quality olive oil
  • 1 package (454 grams) good quality pasta
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Salt for cooking pasta


  1. In a large serving bowl combine the tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil. Stir to combine, Cover with plastic wrap and leave on the counter for 30 min and up to 2 hour.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to salted water to boil. Salt pasta water generously (about 10 grams of salt per liter of water). Cook pasta according to package until ‘al dente’. Add salt and pepper to the tomatoes right before serving.
  3. Drain pasta and toss with the marinated tomatoes. Serve warm or cold. Great as leftovers!
  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 10 min (+1 hour marinade time) )
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian