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Serves 2

A CookTale

Pasta is a perfect canvas for creativity. When you realize the hundreds of recipes that can be devised from a box of Spaghetti, it’s mind blowing. I love the idea that Pasta in its multitude of shapes has been turned into a multitude of meals for untold centuries. In summertime, last evening’s dinner sparked my creative spirits by just imagining what seasonal ingredients can be brought together to make a delicious meal.


1 C of Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
1/3 C of Salami thinly sliced
1/2 lb of fresh Mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 C of chopped fresh Basil
1/2 C halved & pitted Kalamata Olives
4 tsp of Balsamic Vinegar
2 c
Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 tsp of Sea Salt
1/2 tsp of fresh Black Pepper
1/4 C of EVOO. more if necessary


1. In a large stainless steel bowl, combine the Tomatoes with the Mozzarella, Salami, Basil, Olives, Balsamic Vinegar, Salt & Pepper.

2. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over moderately low heat. Add the Garlic & cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Let cool and add the bowl of ingredients.

3. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the Spaghetti until just done, about 12 minutes. Drain, add to the Tomato mixture & toss.

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