Friday, September 12, 2008

A top-notch affair

THIS is the good dish. And really, you only need to look at it to see why. Impossibly thin noodles covered in fresh tomatoes and basil - fresh produce really needs nothing else. And we are definitely moving towards the end of summer, so I've got to get in these sauce-less pasta dishes for as long as I can. Along with the sweet fresh tomatoes which won't be nearly as good next month. This dish more than made up for the failed stuffed tomatoes. It was light and filling and perfect for a late summer's night. And despite what the weather gods may think, it is still summer for at least another week.

If you're looking for a really easy dinner to entertain company then this is a recipe to bookmark. Don't tell him, but I'd probably trust Thatboy to make this dish on his own, and we all know my feelings about allowing him in my kitchen.

Before I get to the main event, Bellini Valli of More than Burnt Toast has given me the cutest award.

Seriously. How cute is this award? And like all the awards I've been given I am equally honored and humbled by this one. I love reading her blog because her obvious warmth shines through her writing and her cooking. And since she lives in Canada she probably needs that extra warmth, so it's kind of her to share.

And now it's only right for me to pass on this award to those blogs I love. So here are the rules:
1) Add the logo of the award to your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you (as shown above).
3) Nominate at least seven other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

And the blogs I love (there are a lot more than 7, but these folks could use a little extra love right about now)
1. Michelle at Thursday Night Smackdown
2. Trisha at Twentysomething
3. Wan-nabe at Wan Live to Live
4. Kylee at What's Cooking, Kylee
5. Candy at The Courageous Cook
6. Joy at Ms. Flamingo
7. Wendy at A Day in the Life of Wendy

Cappelini with Tomatoes and Basil
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lb cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup basil, chiffonade
1/2 lb cappellini
Combine olive oil, tomatoes, basil, and salt and pepper to taste.
Cook pasta according to directions.
Toss with tomato mixture.

Serves 3-4.
Each serving has:
Calories 295.0
Total Fat 11.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 26.8 mg
Potassium 59.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 39.0 g
Protein 10.3 g


  1. Looks goooooooood! I always love a good tomato basil cappelini! I have to add some garlic too though.

  2. We adore this... I make variations on it all summer... and I so agree about the super thin pasta with it. delish!

  3. congrats on your very well deserved award!!! what's not to love about your blog!

    Your pasta looks fab, simply delicious!

  4. Looks delicious. I have a weak spot for capellini. You would think that it would just taste like a thin spaghetti, but somehow it's different.

    This would make a great submission to Presto Pasta Nights.

  5. Wow! All these tomato dishes look so good. Thanks for the award!

  6. that looks so fresh and wonderful! I love angel hair pasta!

  7. This pasta looks great! The basil and tomatoes look wonderful.

  8. i love you for many reasons, but now i have another one :) thank you!

  9. i made a similar pasta a couple of weeks ago and it was so good.

    tomatoes + basil + pasta = a happy me