Lately, I have been really into finding and making authentic recipes from all different types of cuisines. This recipe caught my eye because I have a lot of fresh basil and parsley growing my my garden, and in another week I will have a whole bunch of ripe tomatoes. One of my favorite flavor combinations are garlic, basil and tomatoes, so I knew I would love this recipe. It comes Teresa Giudice's new cookbook "Skinny Italian." If you recognize her name, it might be because she is on the show "Housewives of New Jersey." (and just because I know of her cookbook does not mean I am admitting to watching the show!:) Ok, maybe I have once or twice..). She comes from a large Italian family, so her recipes are authentic, but not your usual, heavy, Italian fare. She uses fresh herbs, olive oil, garlic, and sometimes peppers for flavor, so you won't even miss the typical 2 inches of melted cheese on top! I promise!
Italian Salsa Cruda
3 large, ripe tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/2" dice
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup parmigiano-reggiano, grated
Toss all but cheese together with your hands--like the Italians do!
Let stand for 30 minutes.
Serve over noodles, or on toasted slices of baguette. Top with cheese.
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