Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta
2 garlic cloves
2 lb tomatoes
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoon sugar
fresh ground sea salt and black pepper
1 lb dried whole wheat spaghetti
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
fresh finely grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
Mince garlic and mash to a paste with a pinch of salt using a large heavy knife.
Core and coarsely chop two thirds of tomatoes. Halve remaining tomatoes crosswise, then rub cut sides of tomatoes against large holes of a box grater set in a large bowl, reserving pulp and discarding skin. Toss pulp with chopped tomatoes, garlic paste, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and pepper. Let stand until ready to use, at least 10 minutes.
While tomatoes stand, cook pasta in boiling salted water. Drain in a colander and immediately add to tomato mixture, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with basil, cheese and olive oil.
Note: Adapted from Epicurious. We loved this. We actually ate ALL of it in one meal. The kids had 3rd and 4th helpings