Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fresh Tomato Pasta with Herbed Breadcrumbs "Montreal"


This is such an easy and wonderful fresh tomato pasta dish! I named it 'Montreal' because I first saw it on La Table de Nana's blog just a short while ago and Monique is a Canadian blogger. You can see Monique's version by clicking on the link.  I knew when my cherry tomatoes started to ripen, this would be one one of the first things I wanted to make with them.



The thing that intrigued me the most of about this pasta sauce is that you simply place all of the ingredients in a bowl in the morning and let them 'marinate' all day. The smell coming from the kitchen is amazing!

Fresh cut-up tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, a minced garlic clove or two and a good 1/3 cup or so of extra virgin olive oil - that's it! I covered the bowl with plastic wrap and stirred the tomato mixture occasionally throughout the day.


The other thing that was mentioned was the addition of  homemade croutons pulverized with more fresh basil which is sprinkled over the pasta and sauce.  I love to make homemade croutons with a loaf of good French bread from a local bakery.  I rub both sides of the slices of bread with olive oil, sprinkle them with freshly ground pepper, cut them into cubes and bake them on a baking sheet in a 350F degree oven for about 10 minutes.  My husband loves these so much that now I include the trimmed crusts when I bake them and he eats them as a snack before dinner :)

After the croutons have cooled, add them to a food processor or blender with a several leaves of basil and mince into breadcrumbs.



I warmed the marinated tomato mixture gently on the stove while the pasta was cooking.  Topped with the homemade basil breadcrumbs and some freshly ground Parmigiana Reggiano - this was just wonderful!

Thank you, Monique!

60 comments:

  1. looks so great...one of my favorite dishes...did you put that fresh mozarella in there...i tear some in there or brie....

    yum

    happy to stop by today, my friend

    kary
    xx

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  2. Susan -- what WONDERFUL timing -- I have about a bazillion little tomatoes and this will be a perfect dish for using some of them :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  3. You make me smile almost as wide as my Acer notebook....well almost..you know what I mean.

    It looks perfectamundo..
    I added capers this week..you may like?
    I am so glad you love the aroma in la cuisine too Nana:)

    I bought a variety of small tomatoes at Jean talon market yesterday..to make again..and again.
    Ton repas est superbe ..Bravo..and thank you.

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  4. It looks so fresh. Perfect for a summer evening.

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  5. I think that bread crumbs are under-appreciated.. they add so much to a dish. Homegrown cherry tomatoes are so sweet... I just love them and often snack on them while I cook with them.

    PS Mentioned your pickles in this week's hamburger post!

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  6. To me, this recipe is perfection! We love a quick bowl of pasta and the fresh tomatoes are the perfect accompaniment!

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  7. The idea of marinating the tomatoes is so very appealing to me. I think it is a creative way to really bring out the flavor of summer tomatoes.

    This recipe, is no doubt a hit at your house. It's going to be a hit at my house too.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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  8. Yum! I was out and about this afternoon and picked up a sub. Your pasta looks so much better.

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  9. I do a similar fresh tomato topping for pasta but the basil breadcrumbs and the all-day marinating really move this to a different level. Thanks to you and Monique we'll be enjoying this a day or so after Saturday's farmer's market!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  10. I love the addition of basil crumbcrumbs to this pasta dish, Susan. Wonderful idea!

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  11. What a pretty dish it is. I think, if I'm very careful, and lighten up on the olive oil, that I could make this without cheating too much on my eating plan. (I don't dare say "diet" anymore.)

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  12. Beautiful and I loved it when I saw it on Monique's blog. I love Jacques' (Monique's husband) crushed croutons. Great addition with the basil. We can't keep our hands off of the croutons either. If I'm not careful, they're gone before you know it.

    I made a similar dish with heirloom tomatoes. This is such a wonderful time of the year with all of the fresh tomatoes. You can't seem to go wrong with anything you do with them.
    Sam

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  13. Sounds great! I don't think there would me many tomatoes left by dinner because I'd be stealing them each time I stirred:@)

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  14. I made this last night minus the breadcrumbs!! I will add them next time!! FAbulous blog!!

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  15. The photo looks so appetizing! Always something delightful here at your place :)

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  16. This sounds soooooo delicious and so very fresh.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  17. Looks great! Tomatoes are so great right now.

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  18. Just had a pasta dish at a great place with lots of cherry tomatoes, barely cooked, what a delight! I think the key here is fresh and coming from your garden! A treat worth any five-star meal anywhere.

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  19. You have made me incredibly hungry with your pictures. This is exactly the kind of pasta dish I like- light and flavorful. I can't wait to try it!

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  20. Gosh, does that ever look GOOD, Susan! Great photos!
    I will definetely try the dry breadcrumb toppings, doing it like you did. I'm also sending a link to this page to my baby sis in AZ, as she & her BFF Deb, like to eat pasta this way. That sister is the one with the DH that cooks...the lucky stiff! LOL

    Thanks for posting this one.
    fondly,
    Rett

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  21. Love the basil breadcrumbs on top!

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  22. Oh dear... what a lovely pasta dish. Looks utterly divine!

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  23. This is a perfect summer supper, especially since cherry tomatoes abound at this time of year. I especially like the tiny ones- so sweet!

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  24. What a wonderful pasta dish Susan!A perfect meal for this period...A warm hug...

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  25. Well this is timely! I have about 40 beautiful, ripe tomatoes. I am loving basil on everything this summer!

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  26. Spectacular! I made something similar last year; wating to have enough ripe cherry tomatoes to made it again. Thank for the rememinder Susan.
    Rita

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  27. I knew I'd like this as soon as I read the title. The way you built it makes it look even better - a must try.

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  28. That was so sweet to name the dish after Monique! The picture is wonderful, nothing like fresh tomatoes I am told. I don't eat them, but dh loves them, he would like this for sure!

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  29. Yum.....I sure am going to miss the fresh tomatoes and basil from this summer. Love your photos:)

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  30. Tomato pasta? Count me in ! Love how this dish looks and I bet it tasted wonderful.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

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  31. This looks so fresh and delicious, I can almost smell the basil. I'll bet the croutons give it that little something extra that makes this one wonderful dish.

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  32. This recipe sounds perfect & so easy!! I'll try it with Dreamfields Pasta (low carb) & have a wonderful meal. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. beautiful photography and a great dish with all those fresh tomatoes coming out of my garden.

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  34. Looks so yummy!
    Thanks for sharing the steps on how to make it.

    Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

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  35. YUM! Tomatoes are the most perfect food and if I were to pick one thing only to eat the rest of my life, it would be tomatoes. They are so versatile. There really is nothing like a hot pasta with fresh ingredients mixed in. This one sound delish. I do one with a bacon or pancetta base - just fry the lardons and toss them into the fresh hot pasta, then also toss almost what looks like a summer salad into the pasta at the same time: diced frsh tomato, or cherry tomatoes halved, finely chopped red onion, and fresh basil leaves slivered chiffonade style - sometimes diced peppers, too. It is really yummy - and, of course, lots of grated parm on top!
    :)
    Valerie

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  36. This looks truly delicious and very authentic. I'll print it off as it's my type of cooking - easy peasy! Can't wait to taste it. Thanks!

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  37. This looks wonderful. I've added this to my link list for today's post. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  38. Thank you, all! It is a wonderfully simple and delicious way to make pasta - enjoy!

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  39. So fresh, healthy and tasty! This is exactly what I want to make with my CSA tomatoes next week!

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  40. That looks more than just wonderful...it's a heaven on the plate! I am going to make some French bread croutons too.

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  41. look absolutely fresh and delicious! gloria

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  42. I just love using the summer bounty, the flavors are incredible! I'll try this dish before the tomato season ends! I looks so delicious! Thank you for a great recipe!

    Happy cooking!
    Mary

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  43. Fresh (uncooked) sauces are my summer favorite! I always add about a tablespoon of lemon zest to the mix. It brightens all the flavors. You don't need to marinate all day. A couple hours does it. I make mine with Sun Gold cherries or a mix of diced beef steaks. Summer on a plate!

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  44. Looks amazing...everything you do does....and I am starving now and its time to go to bed.....Happy Sunday

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  45. And that's what I'm making before I head out the door this AM. I definitely have time to cut up the tomatoes sitting on my counter! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  46. This is a beautiful fresh dish that we would really enjoy. Just stopping by from OTMM, thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

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  47. Susan, this pasta dish with breadcrumbs looks beautiful, love the different textures in one bite.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :-)

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  48. this looks fantaastic! We don't have that many tomatoes yet, but I would love to try this. I can't wait until they are just going crazy on the vine. I can just smell them now!

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  49. What could be easier and more delicious than this recipe? If both you and Monique recommend it I know it has to be good. We just can't get enough of the luscious tomatoes that fill the market each Saturday.

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  50. i really want to try this right now:) love the flavors in here.

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  51. Oh yum, I want pasta for breakfast! I love making my own croutons and all that parm looks delightful :)

    Sues

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  52. Hi Susan, I made the Fresh Tomato Pasta last night for dinner. It was delicious!! I posted about it on my blog today, with a link back to your recipe. Have a great day!

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  53. What a wonderful fresh taste for summer without alot of heat in the kitchen! I can just imagine how wonderful those marinated tomatoes smell!

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  54. I can't wait to try this dish~it is simple but delicious!

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  55. Just love the sound of this dish - almost cooking free cooking!!!!!!

    Perfect for this time of the year when our local Irish tomatoes are at their best.

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  56. I love the simplicity of this dish, it sounds absolutely fabulous. That last picture is awesome!

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  57. Simple pasta dishes like this are just the best! Great photos as always.... and I'm instantly hungry. :)

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  58. With so many vegetables coming from my garden I served the tomatoes over steamed green beans instead of pasta... Yummy! Thanks for the inspiration.

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