Vegan pasta with no-cook tomato 'sauce'

Loretta
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Here's my contribution to the May vegetarian theme:

3 medium sized ripened tomatoes with lots of flavour
1 garlic clove - grated with a wasabi grater, crushed or finely chopped
1 tablespoon of rinsed capers, chopped
8 olives, sliced (I use green, manzanilla olives)
1 finely sliced shallot (alternatively, use scallion/spring onion or a small piece of onion)
3 to 4 tablespoons of good olive oil
salt
enough dried pasta (your choice) for two portions
optional - 2 finely sliced jalapeño peppers (I recommend 'la preferida' brand, unsliced, available canned from the "whole foods" chain)

1. If peeling the tomatoes do this now (I rarely bother)
- to peel tomatoes, score them lightly, dunk them in boiling water for 10 seconds and then dunk them in ice cold water, skins should slip off easily
Cut the tomatoes into small cubes, lay them on a flat chopping board, sprinkle with a generous teaspoon of sea salt and leave the board propped up at an angle over the sink. Surplus liquid from the tomatoes will eventually start to drain away and run into the sink (you can gently press down onto the tomatoes with your palms from time to time to help the process along)

2. In a large bowl, add the olive oil, add the garlic, capers, olives and shallot (jalapeños also, if using). Stir and leave the flavours to infuse together (salt will come from the tomatoes)

3. In boiling salted water, cook enough pasta for two portions according to preference.

4. Just before the pasta is ready, add the prepared tomatoes to the oil and 'sauce' ingredients in the bowl and mix together.

5. Once the pasta is done, drain it thoroughly, and, whilst still piping hot, add it to the bowl of tomatoes and quickly stir together. Season to taste and add to bento.

(If making for an omnivore who demands some sort of flesh, canned tuna can be added.)

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pii_bii
Bento-ing from: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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Re: Vegan pasta with no-cook tomato 'sauce'

This sounds yummy. I've never used capers before, so I think I shall have to indulge...I'm pretty sure I'd like them, but I'll not know til I try!

Jiza
Bento-ing from: Madrid › Spain
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Re: Vegan pasta with no-cook tomato 'sauce'

sounds great!!!
how much time does it take? I mean, can you drain the tomatoes while cooking the pasta? :)

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Loretta
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Re: Vegan pasta with no-cook tomato 'sauce'

The longer you can 'drain' them the better, but yes, you can (and I often do).

As you live in Madrid you probably don't use a kettle to heat water up with, so that should give you plenty of time!

I've still a lot to learn about tomatoes - personally, I'm convinced the best part is in the membranes around the little seeds, so I like to keep this in recipes. But I accept that tomatoes get too watery. This tip on draining them I learned from Italian friends and seems to be an excellent compromise. If you have a sieve with a fine mesh it might be quicker to lightly salt the chopped tomatoes and sit them in there to drip whilst you're preparing the pasta.

And another tip, I forgot to mention in the recipe that I use salted capers (which I rinse of salt). I know these aren't so easy to get in Spain (unless you have the foresight to pick them yourself and pack them in salt or go to a place that specialises in Italian food), go easy with the vinegared kind.

Jiza
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Re: Vegan pasta with no-cook tomato 'sauce'

mmm, it's ok I don't like capers that much ;)

Maybe you can grat the tomatoes with a cheese grater (my mum does it for pizzas and it's GOOD!), but maybe it's too watery... I don't know :)
I'm trying the recipe today for lunch! :D

Jiza
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Re: Vegan pasta with no-cook tomato 'sauce'

having it right now.
This is awesome!!! thanks for the recipe loretta!!! :D

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