Although I hate the heat, I always love when summer comes because it means wonderful tomatoes and basil. The tomatoes in our garden are still green (Bill's first batch got hit by a frost), so I went to the Farmer's Market in Redlands (about 20 miles from where I live) and got some beautiful, colorful heirloom tomatoes.
So, we had Fresh Tomato & Basil Pasta last night. No cooking - just chopping.
Fresh Tomato & Basil Pasta
4 large summer tomatoes
1/2 large onion - I used Vidalia, which is really mild
2 cloves of garlic
Basil, about a cup
Chop tomatoes and onion. Mince the garlic. Mix together and add olive oil. Chop basil and add to mixture.
After pasta is cooked (I used multi-color pasta), put pasta in a large pasta bowl. Pour tomato/onion/basil mixture on top and serve with parmesan cheese.
Since the sauce isn't cooked, it ends up being a cool and refreshing summer dish. We will have the leftovers tomorrow night as a cold pasta salad.