Tomato Vinaigrette for Pasta

This is a perfect summertime dish.  My mother-in-law, RoseAnne, has been making this for years and passed the recipe along to me.  I love this light and delicious pasta sauce.  Make it in the morning, because it has to marinate all day.  I serve this sauce tossed with angel hair pasta and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  This is a great dish for picnics and potlucks because it is wonderful at room temperature.  I hope that you enjoy this summery dish as much as our family does.  It goes well with grilled chicken breasts.  Enjoy~

Tomato Vinaigrette

1 packet chicken broth concentrate mixed with 1 cup water *see below (can also use Knorr's chicken bouillon cube)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 large cloves garlic, pressed
4 medium-large tomatoes, diced (remove pulp and seeds)
1/3 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (or more to taste)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest (this is my addition...love zest!)
4 tsp sugar
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
Freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Start with dissolving chicken broth concentrate or bouillon cube in hot water.  I like using the concentrate because it adds so much flavor.

Cut, rinse and chop the fresh basil and oregano.

Dice the tomatoes.  Scoop out the seeds and pulp.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Don't forget the lemon zest...

After everything has been combined in a large bowl, cover and let stand at room temperature ALL day.   This step is very important!!   You need to let the flavors mingle.

Toss with hot pasta (I love the Barilla Plus Angel Hair pasta) and garnish with freshly grated cheese.

Light and delicious!

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