Friday, July 9, 2010

Garden Fresh Pasta Sauce & Fruit and Poppy seed salad

I belong to a lunch/recipe group and the other day one of my friends made this to serve. It was so good and I loved that it was light and perfect for summer. Try it, I bet you'll like it.

Garden Fresh Pasta Sauce

3 garlic cloves
1/3 C coarsely shopped onion
1 C fresh basil (I used a 1/3 cup dried basil)
5 tomatoes
½ C olive oil
Salt to taste
¼ t. pepper
Angle hair pasta
Fresh Grated Parmesan cheese

Put garlic, onions, basil and tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Add olive oil, salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Set aside. The sauce is served at room temperature.

Cook and drain pasta, in serving bowl, toss the hot pasta with some of the sauce. Serve the rest of the sauce and grated parmesan cheese at the table.

**This makes ALOT of sauce, I might half it. It is also VERY flavorful so you only need to stick a little sauce on the pasta

Fruit & Poppy Seed Salad

1 pkg. spinach or mixed greens
Sliced toasted almonds
Bottle of poppy seed dressing

Put all ingredients in a bowl and toss with dressing. Top with almonds right before serving so they stay crunchy.