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Dinner Tonight: Marinated Tomatoes with Linguine

My favorite kind of tomato sauce is a raw one. Despite the supposed romance of long-simmered tomatoes cooked down over the course of hours with herbs, garlic, and spices, I usually lack time or energy for that. When it's summer and fresh tomatoes have all the flavor you could want, cooking them somehow seems criminal.

All the tomatoes need is a quick blanch to help peel off the skins, then a half-hour bath in fruity olive oil, garlic, and slivered basil (plus liberal amounts of salt). The longer you can marinate the better, but the flavors mingle well (and I start to get hungry) after thirty minutes. Afterwards, small chunks of fresh mozzarella go in—when the whole thing is tossed with hot pasta, the cheese turns gooey in the heat.

About the author: Blake Royer lives in Brooklyn and spends most of his free time cooking and writing about it here at Serious Eats and on The Paupered Chef. From 9 to 5 weekdays, he works as an assistant book editor in Manhattan.

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