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Ziti With Garlic and Tomato No-Cook Sauce

A Pasta Dinner in a Flash

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Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

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  • Salt, for cooking the pasta
  • 8 ounces ziti (or other short pasta)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 4 medium-size plum tomatoes (for about 1-1/3 cups chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ripe olives (see Note below)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded or grated)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Cooking Directions

    Bring 2 1/2 quarts lightly salted water to a boil in a covered 4 1/2 quart or larger pot. When the water reaches a rapid boil, add the pasta and cook, uncovered, until just tender, following the package directions.

    Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the garlic and place it in a 4-quart or larger bowl. Add the oil and Italian seasoning. Core and chop the tomatoes into bite-size pieces and add them to the bowl. Stir to coat with the oil. Drain the olives and add them to the bowl.

    Drain the pasta well and add it to the bowl. Scatter the Parmesan cheese on top, and toss to melt the cheese. Season with salt and black pepper and serve at once.

    Note: Buy the ripe olives already chopped if you can find them. Otherwise buy sliced olives and chop them finely. Refrigerate the leftover chopped olives in an airtight container, and sprinkle them over a salad later in the week.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: pasta, garlic, tomato, olives

    Course: Dinner, Main Course, Pasta

    More Info: Vegetarian

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