Ah.... I can feel the warmth in the air! Which made me long for the summer dinner's I put together using the organic herbs from the garden. One of my top favorite herb is Basil! I bet you didn't know basil was called the "royal herb" by ancient Greeks! This annual is a member of the mint family believe it or not and is an essential in a lot of different Italian dishes, which I'm pretty sure everyone knows! In this particular dish I used Sweet Basil, but some of my other favorites are: 1) Lettuce leaf basil 2) Opal basil (purple color) 3) Lemon basil 4) Clove basil 5) Cinnamon basil!
5 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 fresh mozzarella balls, diced
3/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives
3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound wheat free spaghetti (I use Jovial brown rice Wheat Free pasta...THE BEST)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1) In a large bowl combine tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olives, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
2) In a large pot of boiling water cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, about 11 minutes.
3) Heat the oil in a small frying pan over moderately low heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Poor over the pasta and toss. Then add the Tomato mixture and adjust the salt and pepper and serve at once. Enjoy!