In the raw – fresh tomato sauce with pasta

August 8, 2016 Published by Dina

I can eat pasta every day and the only reason I don’t is because I like to cook many things and can only eat so much. But believe me, in Italy, where others were doing the cooking I was eating fabulous pasta dishes every day, no exceptions and loved every minute of it.

In the heat of the summer it’s nice to have light dishes that are refreshing and cooling without standing in front of a hot stove for a long time. This pasta recipe is just such dish. The sauce is “in the raw”, in this contexts meaning “uncooked” so get your mind back to food. What were you thinking?

I use a simple box grater to grate sweet and ripe summer tomatoes, add a little olive oil, salt, pepper and basil leaves and presto, you have a nice sauce to toss your pasta with. You can serve this warm and I even like it at room temp.



8 oz spaghetti

5 large sweet vine-ripe tomatoes

1/4 cup olive oil

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

10 basil leaves, whole

Salt and pepper

6 pitted kalamata or green olives, chopped




Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente.

Place the grater over a bowl.

Cut off the stem end of the tomatoes and grate each one until all you have is the skin left.

Stir and break down any larger pieces that may be in the bowl.

Add oil, garlic, salt, pepper, basil and olives.

Let sit for 30 minutes for flavours to blend.

Toss with the warm pasta.

Serve warm or cool.

Pasta with raw tomato sauce

Pasta with raw tomato sauce

Pasta with raw tomato sauce



  • Colleen says:

    Dina, I love how summery, simple and fresh this dish is. I will be making this after picking some tomatoes and basil. Thanks for the inspiration!