I love tossing up no cook pasta dishes with fresh ingredients in the summer. Italians call them pasta con salsa a crudo. Summer’s fresh harvests are the boldest in color and especially flavor. With just a few tasty condiments to toss with it, fresh herbs, boiled pasta and there you have it, a light fare that is big in flavor and a pop of color. Uncooked sauces like this one are super easy and super quick to make. You either have to chop everything small to get maximum flavor all around or blend it in a blender. Condiments like olives, capers, salt & pepper, nuts, crushed red pepper flakes, anchovies, cheeses, garlic, vinegar, sun dried tomato paste, are just the few that goes very well with fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs, oranges, lemons, just to name a few. Choose the freshest quality ingredients to your best if possible because since it is a no cook sauce, every single element counts for flavor. When I say quality I don’t mean expensive, for example choose plump red tomatoes opposed to under ripe or overripe soft tomatoes. If you’re not on a budget, buy Campari tomatoes, also known as tomatoes-on-the-vine or buy cherry tomatoes. They are sweeter, juicier and less mealy, best to use it for no cook pastas and salads. Serve this pasta as a side, as a vegetarian main or simply top it with grilled chicken for protein.
Other than boiling the pasta there’s no cooking involved. Here I’ve used spinach in this pasta for a healthier choice but you don’t have to. All i did was throw the spinach in with the boiling pasta just seconds to doneness. Switch off the heat and continue stirring until the spinach wilts. You do not want to cook the spinach, you want to just wilt it to keep as much nutrients in as possible. The heat from the pasta will bring out the flavor of the sauce. Serve immediately with grated parmesan or pecorino on the side, your guest may not use it because raw sauces are usually light and already packed full of flavor. Serve with a glass of cold crisp wine. No messy cooking and spend more of your summer relaxing in the sun. Enjoy!