Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

pasta with no cook tomato sauce
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  • 4Servings


  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound medium pasta shells
  • 2 pounds tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Grated parmesan cheese, for serving


In a cup, combine the garlic and olive oil. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, about 11 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, crush the tomatoes with your hands; season with salt and pepper.

Remove the garlic from the olive oil and discard. Add the garlic oil, butter and lemon peel to the tomatoes. Add the pasta and toss, adding a splash of the reserved pasta cooking water to thin the sauce, if necessary. Add the basil and season with salt and pepper; toss. Serve with the parmesan.