Thursday, June 7, 2007

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce, Cannellini Beans and Collard Greens

I was in need of some comfort food by last evening, so this meal fit the bill nicely. We had brown rice fettuccine served with a fresh tomato sauce that Pedro prepared. I made the Whipped Cannellini Beans and the Garlicky Collard Greens. By the way, it is so fun buying collard greens in Florida. They grow very well here, and at the farmer's market I can buy them in humongous bunches, the size (and practically the weight) of a toddler. Anyway, here are the ingredients in the tomato sauce:

Simple Fresh Tomato Sauce

5 or 6 cloves of roasted garlic, minced
4 or 5 ripe and flavorful tomatoes, chopped
Top quality extra virgin olive oil
8 to 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
salt and pepper
freshly grated Parmesan for garnish

It's a very simple sauce, but it will be only as outstanding as the quality and freshness of the ingredients. You can very simply mix the ingredients together and then pour it over hot, drained pasta. The hot pasta will heat the sauce. Or you could also simmer the sauce in a saucepan to develop the flavors before combining it with the pasta. Top with freshly grated Parmesan.

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