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Most of these are standard in most US cookbooks.

t = teaspoon

T = tablespoon

c = cup

temp = temperature, °F

s and p = Kosher or sea salt, plus ground black pepper, to taste.

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This is another of the really light and healthy meals that match hot summer evenings. Estivi celebrates really good tomatoes and fresh basil or other herbs.


1 lb. box capellini, fettuccini, linguini or other pasta of your choice
boiling salted water
2 pints rainbow cherry tomatoes, halved, or 3-4 cups cubed heirloom tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 to 2 T olive oil
1 t salt
½ t black pepper
1 bag Genoa basil or herbs of Provence, chopped

on the side: grated Romano, Parmesan, or Asiago cheeses


Cook the pasta and drain. While still very hot, add the salt, pepper, and garlic; toss. When at about room temp, add the basil and tomatoes. Taste for final seasoning, and consider adding a splash of wine or balsamic vinegar.