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Tomato Basil Pasta
Main Ingredients: pasta, tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil,
1 Box pasta
6 large ripe tomatoes, seed and chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1 cup chopped fresh basil
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
Cook 1 box of your favorite pasta to al dente, and either rinse with cold water or sprinkle with a drizzle of olive oil to prevent sticking together, refrigerate.

Combine next 6 ingredients in a large bowl.

Let the tomato basil mixture `meld together' for a few hours before tossing with pasta to serve. Serves 12 or more

Note: as you finish chopping each tomato, place in colaner to drain before placing it in the bowl.

Variations: Toss 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese with the pasta and the tomato basil dressing. For a hot entree, toss pasta with tomato basil mixture, top with 1 cup grated mozzarella, and heat in oven for 30 minutes.

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