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Monday, July 28, 2014

Pasta with Raw Tomatoes #River Cottage VEG #Weekly Menu Plan

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Pasta with Raw Tomatoes- simplelivingeating.com


Tomatoes are so delicious this time of year there is really no reason to cook them. For a busy mid-week meal all you have to do is boil up some pasta, whisk together: about 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil with some capers, garlic, and red cayenne or chili flakes, chop up about 1 1/2 pounds of tomatoes, put them into the pasta and add some fresh basil and some parmesan cheese. You'll have a quick healthy meal.


This River Cottage VEG recipe was very light... more of a side dish to me than a main meal. I think adding some grilled chicken or shrimp would really fill this dish out or even if you add some cannelloni beans if you would like to keep it vegetarian.


Pasta with Raw Tomatoes- simplelivingeating.com

Another trick that I use to heighten the flavor of simple dishes is to whisk in a teaspoon of anchovy paste. You do not taste any fishiness it is the umami flavor that intensifies all the simpler flavors.

My family immediately noticed that the anchovy paste was missing... they said this dish was a little flat compared to the intense flavor of my pasta dishes.


Pasta with Raw Tomatoes- simplelivingeating.com

Umami is the key to making really great Mediterranean style dishes. If you are interested in learning more about it; check out the follow posts of mine.







cooking along with cottage cooking club


PS: Make sure you get the US edition of the book if you want US measurements. 


As a member of this cooking group I have agreed not to print the recipes from this book unless they are published. We encourage you to get a copy of this cookbook. 







Weekly Menu Plan:




Tuesday: Ladies Night Out at the Pool Club (Kids fend for yourself!) 



Friday: Grilled Steak with Pistou, Corn on the Cob and Tomato Salad

Saturday: Swim Team Banquet


26 comments:

  1. Very interesting. I liked this, but next time I make it I will try your anchovy tip!

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  2. Another gorgeous pic fr the book. This looks wonderful, Diane. I just want to dive into that bowl!

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  3. The tomato topping sounds so beautifully fresh and light - and looks that way as well - but I can see adding a protein to it to make it a little heartier.

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  4. It looks fantastic!
    Just the way my husband and I like it. I wouldn't add anything

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    1. Glad to hear from you. Hope you are doing well.

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  5. I intended to make this but just didn't get it done before the July deadline. When I wrote my Panzanella post I wanted to suggest that in my opinion, anchoives should be "put back" in the recipe. They are an ingredient in the classic recipe. I suspect you use them. I didn't write that in my Post because I thought I should try it first. So your comment about Umami/Anchovy Paste is right on the money.

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    1. Thanks Mary,
      Umami is key to a lot of these simple Mediterranean recipes.

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  6. Hmm. Anchovy paste... I made this one too and also felt it needed something. Using it as a side with grilled chicken sounds great. My family thought it felt more like a pasta salad.

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    1. The paste is really easy to measure and it isn't fishy... I hope you give it a try.

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  7. I've never tried cooking with anchovies, thanks for the tip!

    Diana | Life in German.
    [Stopping over via the link up]

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    1. Get the paste. Really easy to use, not smelly.

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  8. Your dish looks wonderful! I made this and really liked it as well. Certainly a light dish, but very refreshing. Interesting about the anchovies, great idea.

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  9. Good idea to use some anchovy paste. I am finding Hugh's recipes do need a little extra boost when it comes to seasonings. Your pasta looks wonderful, and that is a beautiful bowl.

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  10. That looks gorgeous, Diane! Nice tip about the anchovy paste, too.

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    1. Thanks so much... I like the pics too and the anchovy paste!

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  11. What a great post - we love to eat pasta and I find that I tend to serve it more often in summer - so easy and delicious!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  12. This dish is beautiful! And I totally agree about adding the touch of anchovy - I love to add it to salad dressings too. Thanks as always for the linky party!

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    1. I think once you discover what anchovy paste can do to pasta and salad dressings too... you use it a lot.

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  13. Looks yummy! I haven't used anchovy paste, but I do like a little kick to my pasta salads! I may have to check that out!!

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    1. The anchovy paste is not as much of a kick as it is salty and deepens the flavor. I hope you try it. Most people end up loving it.

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  14. Your Pasta with Raw Tomatoes looks like a perfect dish for this hot August day. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  15. This is my kind of dish, Diane! I love fresh tomatoes prepared simply in main dishes. I agree with you about the anchovy paste - it really does add an amazing flavour. I just can't tell anyone I've put it in or they suddenly decide they can 'taste' it ;-) Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned and will tweet :-)

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    1. It is so funny about people and anchovy paste...yes, it is best to keep it a secret.

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  16. Perfect for summer. I love this! Pinned. We truly love having you be a part of our party. I hope you will get a chance to stop by tonight at 7 pm. It's not a party without you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  17. Looks so delicious! Pinned for later. Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives party! Hope to see you again this week. Theresa

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  18. I totally agree about anchovies/anchovy paste. Makes such a difference. A simple, fresh pasta dish is always appreciated here! Gotta love a dish that can be made in the time it takes to cook pasta.
    Thank you for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo. I took a little break, but the party resumes tonight.

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