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.
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!