Just about this time of year, you start thinking…what am I going to do with all that basil in my garden? And what I am going to do with all those gorgeous local tomatoes?
I think I have the answer. First step: find a big hunk of the best mozzarella cheese you can get your hands on. The softer and creamier the cheese, the more deliriously happy you are going to be…it’s a direct connection. Creamy cheesiness = happiness. Next, go get yourself a few of those nice tomatoes…
…and some of that basil. I have some if you need any!
Okay, here we go. Cook up some spaghetti, and while it is boiling away, get your tomatoes ready. Slice them up in nice thick slices, and season them with a little salt and pepper. Place them on a baking sheet and cover them with some slices of that great mozzarella you found, along with a little parmesan.
Meanwhile, heat up some olive oil with some chopped garlic and red pepper for a couple minutes…don’t let the garlic get too brown. As soon as it starts smelling like garlic heaven, you’re good. When the pasta has about 2 minutes to go, pop those tomatoes into the broiler until the cheese starts getting gorgeously brown and bubbly.
Now it’s time to put it all together. Toss the pasta with that delicious garlic oil, some chopped basil, a little more salt and pepper, and then slide those cheesy tomatoes on top. A few more basil leaves and Parmesan just to send you completely over the edge, and you are all set. Tomato season, I adore you!
Recipe adapted from Real Simple