Do not hand me a raw tomato and expect me to eat it. Yes, I know, I am weird, but there is just something about the texture of a raw tomato that I just cannot handle.

But believe it or not I am anxious to be abee to pick the first tomato off one of your plants. Why? Hand me a plate with fried green tomatoes or cooked tomatoes however and I am all over it. It’s just the raw thing…. blech!!

This week’s pasta dish HAS a fresh tomato, but cooked, not raw. And Basil {and it is so much fun to step out my back door and cut my own!}. And red and yellow sweet peppers. My favorite things every one!

    Penne with Peppers, Fresh Tomato, and Basil.

Only one difference between his dish and mine – I didn’t peel the peppers. Mine were young and small and the skin was very tender. If you don’t have those you really will need to peel them as they can give the dish a bitter taste.

If you have sweet peppers, onions, tomatoes, and basil you really should make this one. Really!!

You can find the complete recipe on page 63 of Hazan’s 30 Minute Pastas but I also found it on the Hazans’web page.