Conchiglie with Raw Tomatoes

December 18, 2022

I love this pasta cut because I love big chunky pieces of pasta in just about any dish. In this summery main course, the raw tomatoes are the co-star alongside these giant shells creating a light and airy but completely satisfying dish. A great fruity extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil make this summer in a bowl.

Makes 2-3 servings

Ingredient List:

  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Generous pinch crushed red chili flakes (optional)
  • 12-15 whole basil leaves
  • 8 ounces conchiglie or large shell-shaped pasta

Step By Step Instructions:

Make the sauce by simply tossing the quartered cherry tomatoes with olive oil, a generous sprinkle of salt and red wine vinegar. Set aside for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning for salt and vinegar.

While the sauce marinates, bring a pot of salted water to the boil, enough to generously cover the pasta. Cook the pasta al dente, about 9-10 minutes. Drain the pasta well, but do not rinse. Transfer to a serving bowl and stir in raw tomato sauce and fresh basil leaves to coat the pasta. Serve warm or at room temperature.