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Mama Steph's pasta alla checca

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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -

Here's a nice sauce recipe that you can make by simply doing a little chopping. That's it! Boil some pasta and top with your checca sauce and dinner is done.

Pasta alla Checca

1 lb pasta, cooked according to package directions (recommend bowtie or angel hair)

1 pound fresh garden tomatoes, chopped (large beefsteak, Romas, or even grape tomatoes)

1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

1/2 cup olive oil

3-4 cloves garlic, chopped (use less if you aren't a fan of a strong garlic flavor)

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

salt and pepper

Method:

In a non-metal bowl, combine chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil. Stir well so that the tomatoes are coated with the oil.  (Do not salt yet!)

Allow the vegetable and oil mixture to marinate together for a couple of hours. (up to 10 hours)

When you're ready to serve, add a bit of salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste. Place some pasta in a bowl, then top with a scoop of the checca sauce, then a generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

If you'd like, serve with grilled shrimp or chicken on the side. Or, if you'd like, you can chop some fresh, soft mozzarella cubes into the pasta mix before serving for added protein.

Serves 4-6.

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