The Minter Kitchen – Fresh Tomato Pasta

Logo_redPotI’m tempted to say that this is one of my all-time favorite recipes but I tend to overuse that phrase. One reason I love this recipe is because it’s so simple while not lacking in flavor or presentation. This is a gorgeous dish, especially if you use different colors of tomatoes. Tossed alongside the rich green basil, black olives with hunks of white feta and you have yourself a colorful, fresh spring/summer bowl of happiness. I like to serve this alongside a garden salad and french bread. Your guests will love how fresh this meal tastes and there’s no cooking involved – only the boiling of pasta. You can’t beat the ease or enjoyment of this recipe. And, again, if you have gluten-free guests at your table just substitute a gluten-free pasta or serve over quinoa. 


Fresh Tomato Pasta

1 (12 oz) package dried linguine. (If you’re gluten-free, try rice or quinoa pasta)
4 large tomatoes, chopped
5 cloves garlic minced
6 big leaves fresh basil, chopped (I roll mine and then slice them into long beautiful strips)
3 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 (21/4 oz) can sliced black olives, drained
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
The above measurements are good places to start, but feel free to add more or less to taste. Cook pasta according to package directions. And if you’re really feeling inspired you can make your own pasta. While water for pasta is boiling, combine tomatoes and next 5 ingredients. Salt the mixture and let the tomatoes soak up the salt for 5 minutes. This will bring out the flavor in the tomatoes. (If heirloom tomatoes are in season, these are the most flavorful in my opinion). Drain pasta, and place in large bowl. Top with tomato mixture and sprinkle with olives and feta cheese. 

Kelly_garden2Kelly Minter is an author, speaker, songwriter, and singer based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is passionate about women discovering Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture. Kelly also partners closely with Justice and Mercy International (JMI)—a ministry that serves in the Amazon jungle. When home, her days are spent writing, cooking, gardening, enjoying her neighborhood, and loving her community. Check out Kelly’s Bible studies HERE!


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