Fresh Tomato Pasta with Dill and Lemon

The tomatoes are purple, broad-bottomed, flecked with green.  These are not my backyard Sungolds.  They’re Cherokee Purple heirlooms, hefty in my hand, and they come from east of the mountains where it actually gets hot.   They’re rare visitors in my kitchen, but I know just what to do with them today.Raw tomatoes, lemon, dill, garlic.  A few chopped olives add spots of brine and salt.  The hot pasta soaks up tomato juice, releases the aromas of summer tomato and dill.  The garlic and lemon jostle each other in the background.  Be sure to serve with plenty of crusty bread for soaking up all the tomato juice.Fresh Tomato Pasta with Dill and Lemon:  Put on a pot of water for pasta, then add salt and begin cooking pasta when the water comes to a boil.  Meanwhile, chop a few big juicy tomatoes into a wide bowl, then add 1/2 c. finely chopped dill, the zest of a lemon, 2 Tb. each olive oil and lemon juice, a pressed or grated garlic clove, 1/2 tsp. salt, and a handful of chopped kalamata olives.  Stir and set aside.  When pasta is cooked, drain it and toss with tomato mixture.  Taste and adjust seasonings.  Serve with crusty bread and a salad.


13 thoughts on “Fresh Tomato Pasta with Dill and Lemon

  1. musingmar

    This sounds like such a fresh and tasty pasta salad! I haven’t made one yet this summer, and this may just be it!

  2. ancientfoods

    Reblogged this on Northwest Culinary Adventures and commented:
    How I love fresh pasta, this looks so good I have to try it as soon as it obols down a bit here. Portland is hitting the 100 mark today. Good thing for me this is a somewhat rare occurrence!

    1. emmycooks Post author

      Thank you so much, what a nice compliment! I enjoy reading your blog as well, and can’t help but think that we must cross paths occasionally in real life (maybe at Sutra?). :)

  3. Allison

    I make something similar but have never used dill in it… this sounds great! (And refreshing, if I can use the word “refreshing” for a pasta dish… :) )


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