Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer Fresh Tomato Basil Alfredo Recipe

I don't know about you, but here in Northern Indiana, the tomato crop is coming in, and mine is glorious! I love tomatoes. I can't say enough how much I love them. I love to see that burst of orangy red within the green bush when I'm harvesting. I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fresh basil.

This recipe is VERY simple, and it's a go-to for me on busy evenings, or nights I just don't feel like cooking. It's best in summer when the tomatoes and basil are fresh and at their peak of flavor.

1 box pasta of your choice
1/2 pound sage sausage (or chicken or shrimp would also be yummy, or no meat at all if you want a vegetarian option)
about 20 cherry tomatoes, or the equivalent amount of any other tomatoes
a handful of fresh basil, chopped (to taste - I used about 6-7 large leaves)
alfredo sauce (canned or homemade, your choice - I use my Betty Crocker recipe for sauce)

1. Cook meat
2. Cook pasta according to package directions, then drain
3. Mix pasta, meat, tomatoes, basil, and sauce together in pan
4. Simmer for a few minutes to warm the tomatoes

{I actually added some swiss chard to mine as well, and nobody noticed - the color blended in with the basil, and the taste was unnoticeable - a good way to sneak in some extra power veggies!}
That's it! SO easy, and so FRESH!

1 comment :

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Thanks so much for hosting. Megan

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