Summer Pasta

What better way to celebrate fresh local tomatoes and basil than piling them onto pasta? Using the hot summer sun to gently warm the tomatoes, herbs and oil is such a fun thing for children to participate in! Just be sure to only leave it for an hour, keep it covered from critters and don’t make substitutions of higher-risk ingredients like mayonnaise or protein foods.

Serves 4

1 lb fresh local tomatoes, chopped roughly (look for heirloom or colours other than red)

1 bunch basil, torn into pieces

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 lb pasta (consider trying a higher-fibre pasta made from whole grains)

1.5 cups bocconcini or fresh mozzarella 

Place tomatoes, basil, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl and toss gently. Cover and place in a sunny location for one hour only. Prepare pasta according to package directions and drain well. Add to tomato mixture along with the cheese and toss well, adding a little drizzle more oil or a sprinkle more salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with a side salad and be sure to eat it outside!