Tuesday, August 13

Recipe: Italian No-Cook Raw Tomato Pasta Sauce with Basil, Capers, and Kalamata Olives

Italian no-cook fresh tomato pasta sauce with kalamata olives, capers, and basil (1) - FarmgirlFare.com
My version of the simple, flavorful pasta sauce made with chopped raw tomatoes and uncooked seasonings that is eaten in country houses all over Italy (recipe here).

Escape to the Italian countryside with this quick and easy No-Cook Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce. It's the perfect way to celebrate the wonderful flavor of juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes from your garden or the farmer's market.

I've been making fresh tomato pasta sauce for years, but last summer I learned a neat trick. To make your raw tomato sauce taste lustier, spoon off some of the tomato sauce juice and toss it with the hot, drained pasta over medium-low heat until absorbed. Wow.

This recipe is made for interpretation; simply leave out or add whatever herbs or other ingredients you like or have on hand. I love Greek kalamata olives so I tossed them in; other olives would be nice too. The sauce tastes best if allowed to sit at room temperature for several hours before serving.

Sometimes I skip the pasta altogether and just sop up the sauce with a hunk of warm crusty bread. Or you could toast some baguette slices and make bruschetta. These easy Four Hour Parisian Daily Baguettes are so handy to have on hand in the freezer; they taste great, freeze beautifully, and defrost quickly. (They're also a perfect recipe for new bread bakers.)


More Farmgirl Fare recipes that celebrate garden fresh tomatoes:
Easy Homemade Tomato Vegetable Juice (like V8 but better)
Greek Salad Pitas with Baby Spinach and Quick Kalamata Olive Tapenade
Greek Style Panzanella Salad
Mexican Jumping Bean Slaw (and Tacos) with High Kickin' Creamy Tomato Dressing
Middle Eastern Vegetable Salad (Fattoush)
Savory Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Pesto Pie with an Easy Cheesy Biscuit Crust
Quick & Easy Gazpacho (refreshing chilled tomato vegetable soup)

Still hungry? You'll find links to all my sweet and savory Less Fuss, More Flavor recipes in the Farmgirl Fare Recipe Index.

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  1. I found this recipe of yours last summer, made it every chance I got, and still get a little wobbly in the knees when I think about it. Still have some stuffed green olives in the gallon jar in the frig, just waiting for some tomatoes to ripen in my garden. Oh my!

  2. VERY yummy! Have made it many times since I saw the recipe here!

  3. I get hungry by looking at that picture. Or may be it's just coming because is short before dinner time :D Nice photo by the way!

    Greetings from a farmgirl out the Netherlands who's still (in silence) following your lovely blog:D


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