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We're in love with summer tomatoes, and we're in love with this no-cook tomato sauce. In the time it takes to cook pasta, fresh, ripe tomatoes mingle with a few assertive ingredients (use the best quality olive oil you can afford) to produce summer eating at its easiest and most flavorful.  It works for instant dinners or unexpected casual entertaining. It just plain works. Garnish with fresh herbs, if you have some handy.

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Simmer-Free Savory Summer Tomato Pasta

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serves 2, adapted from No-Cook Pasta Sauces

3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

1 large clove garlic

3/4 lb tomatoes, chopped

2 umeboshi, minced

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

zest of 1 lemon

1 TBSP nutritional yeast

8 oz whole wheat penne, or pasta of choice

Combine all ingredients, except pasta, in a serving bowl, being sure to catch all the tomato juices. Stir well and set aside while you cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Drain the pasta well, add it to the serving bowl, and toss thoroughly. Serve immediately garnished with fresh herbs, if desired.