Lately I’ve been trying to integrate more raw food into my diet, as food loses a lot of its nutritional content and digestive-aiding enzymes once it is cooked. Although most of us cannot commit to a strict raw-food diet (there are soooo many tasty cooked foods out there!), we can all increase our intake of raw foods through simple things like having a salad a day and eating lots of fruit! Today I wanted to share one of my favourite pasta recipes, which is 50% raw in its content. The pasta is cooked, but the sauce is raw.
I believe the recipe come to me many years ago via Jamie Oliver. The man who favours fresh, simple, flavourful food and who said that “life is too short to eat crap.” Bravo Jamie! So here is the recipe for you to try.
Cherry Tomato and Basil Pasta (serves two)
12 oz or one pack of organic cherry or grape tomatoes
Organic basil (as much as you like!)
5-6 tbsp olive oil
1-2 cloves of organic garlic (grated or finely chopped)
1.5 cups of pasta (I prefer brown rice pasta)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
To make the dish
1. Boil some water and once it boils cook the pasta in it (as described on the pasta box/bag)
2. While the pasta is cooking, grate or chop the garlic and put it into a large bowl. Half the cherry tomatoes and put them into the same bowl. Add in the basil (which you can rip up or put the leaves in whole). Then, pour in the olive oil.
3. Once all the ingredients from step 2 are in the bowl, squish everything together with your fingers (use both hands) to create the pasta sauce (make sure to wash your hands before doing this and really get in there, get all squishy!).
4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and then add it into the bowl with the raw sauce mixture. Add in the salt and pepper to taste (try to go easy on the salt) and mix everything together. Serve right away and enjoy!
If you want you can also be a little bit naughty and add in a touch of your favourite cheese. Once in a while, I like to add in some grated aged goat cheese (it’s easier to digest than regular cheese and is oh so tasty). So there you have it, a simple, nutrient-packed pasta that is too delicious to pass up!