Maltagliati with Marinated Tomatoes

Today I'm sharing a recipe from the cookbook Meatless that I made this week and is a new favorite. It has very little cooking involved so its perfect for summer!

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What I made was actually pappardelle because my store didn't have maltagliati. I also used half as much pasta because I didn't even realize the large package I picked up was only half of what I needed. Honestly, I'm perfectly ok with the half amount of pasta, it was still plenty and balanced well with the tomatoes. Anyway - to the recipe!

Ingredients: • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced • 1/2 cup olive oil • 2 lbs heirloom (I used beefsteak) tomatoes, sliced into 1/2 inch wedges • 3/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves • 3 tbs salt packed capers, rinsed and drained • 2 t finely grated lemon zest • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes (I used more like 1 tbs) • 1 lb flat pasta (or 1/2 lb if you want to duplicate my recipe) • salt and pepper

Directions 1. Combine garlic and olive oil in a saucepan over low and cook until pale golden, about 10 min. Strain and reserve the oil and the slivers. Cool. 2. Combine tomatoes, 1/4 c basil, capers, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 t salt in a large bowl. Pour garlic oil and slivers over tomatoes. Cover and marinate, toss occasionally for 30 minutes. 3. Cook pasta in a pot of boiling salt water until al dente, drain. 4. Add warm pasta to bowl and toss gently. Top with remaining 1/2 c of basil. Season with pepper and serve.

I really loved this dish. It was delish and even with my mods based on what the store had I think it was great. I will make this one again!