Penne with Fresh Tomato Sauce

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5 from 3 reviews

A quick and easy sauce made from fresh tomatoes


  • 4 cups fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 TBS basil, chopped fine
  • salt to taste
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella diced
  • 2 TBS toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cups cooked penne pasta


  1. Heat a large heavy bottomed saute pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil.
  2. Mince the garlic clove and add to the olive oil in the pan.
  3. Add the basil. Stir. Add the tomatoes
  4. Bring to a simmer and lower the heat and cook for about 20 minutes.
  5. While the sauce is cooking add the balsamic to a small saucepan and reduce by half to a slightly syrupy consistency. set aside.
  6. To serve: add half the pasta to a bowl, top with half the sauce, add some of the diced mozzarella. Drizzle the reduced balsamic over the top and sprinkle the pine nuts.