Alla Checca

    35 minutes

    A wonderful Italian recipe for an uncooked sauce made with fresh tomatoes. You don't have to cook a thing except for the pasta!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 5 tomatoes, seeded and diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
    • handful chopped fresh basil
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) olive oil
    • salt to taste
    • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    • 500g pasta, any shape you prefer

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Combine tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil in a non-metallic bowl. Stir in salt. Cover with plastic film. Allow to stand at room temperature at least 2 hours, or as long as 10 hours.
    2. Cook choice of pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water as packet directs until al dente. Drain. Pour uncooked sauce over hot pasta, and toss. Add grated Parmesan cheese to your liking.

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    Something else. Excellent recipe, however it needs just a little more flavour. Don't forget to add half a minced red onion (or more to taste). That really complements the tomato flavour. Salt needs to be about half a teaspoon and a hint of freshly ground black pepper. Also, if you're in a hurry or out of fresh tomatoes, the tinned tomatoes actually substitute quite well. You can buy whole tinned and chop them yourself or buy them already chopped. Oh, and I think 4 T of olive oil was fine since I am not too fond of oil. I would just add an extra tomato or two to have enough sauce. FABULOUS fresh recipe.  -  21 Jul 2008


    Used different ingredients. My husband and son #2 aren't keen on parmesan so I omitted that and put a splash of balsamic vinegar instead. Also, if you can get it, try Red Kelly's pepperberry rock salt rather than ordinary salt.  -  15 Mar 2010


    Altered ingredient amounts. Used home grown tomatoes and home grown herbs. Tend to be sparse with salt. Lots and lots of shaved parmesan.  -  11 Mar 2009