From: Marvista Bed and Breakfast Inn, Rio del Mar, California

Capellini with Broccoli and Fresh Tomato Sauce

  • 2 Cups peeled, chopped and seeded Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 Teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 Cup firmly packed chopped fresh basil leaves (dried just doesn't hack it)
  • 1 Pound capellini (angel hair) or similar pasta
  • 3 Cups broccoli florets
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a bowl, conbine tomatoes, oil, garlic and basil and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Cook pasta in boiling water 4 to 5 minutes. It should be al dente (shoten time considerably if using fresh pasta. Add broccoli and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 or 4 minutes or until broccoli is tender.

To serve: Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add sauce and toss pasta and broccoli until it is well coated. Serve with parmesan cheese. Serves 4 to 6. Suggestion: Add shrimp or scallops to the cooking pasta. Without fish, this is a winner for a first course. With fish, it's a great dinner.