• 1/2 lb. of gemelli or favorite good quality pasta
  • 1 pint of fresh grape tomatoes (wash, dry, & halved lengthwise)
  • 2 large garlic cloves sliced thinly
  • 10 basil leaves chopped roughly
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and cracked pepper
  • fresh grated pecorino cheese


  • STEP 1
    Boil the pasta in salted water according to package direction until al dente.
  • STEP 2
    In the meantime, in a large skillet, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic slices and cook them at medium heat stirring often just until lightly golden. Next, add the cut tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes at medium high heat. Stir the sauce gently a few times. The sauce should not be soupy.
  • STEP 3
    Before removing the sauce from the heat, taste it for flavor. When the sauce is ready, add the fresh chopped basil, turn off the heat and stir one last time.
  • STEP 4
    Transfer the cooked strained pasta in the skillet, and toss gently making sure that the pasta is fully ncorporated with the sauce.
  • STEP 5
    When serving the pasta, for a delicious fragrant finishing touch, drizzle extra virgin olive oil, and add more fresh basil, fresh cracked pepper and fresh grated cheese on top of each plate.

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