Mediterranean Summer Pasta with Salsa Cruda — Meatless Monday

Transform pantry staples into a flavor-packed no-cook pasta sauce with this recipe from Melissa d’Arabian.
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Photo by: Tara Donne ©FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Let us introduce you to your new favorite pasta sauce: salsa cruda. Its Italian name translates as “raw sauce,” and it’s typically a tomato-based mixture tossed with other fresh ingredients that are so full of flavor they don’t need to be cooked.

This 5-star Mediterranean Summer Pasta with Salsa Cruda (pictured above) from Melissa d’Arabian is simple to make, and since the sauce is no-cook, it’s the ideal dinner for a sweltering summer night. Melissa uses pantry staples that are full of flavor — think briny olives, tangy capers and spicy red pepper flakes — and mixes them with olive oil, which she lets sit for 30 minutes to absorb all the flavors. She then tosses the sauce with steaming angel-hair pasta to warm the dish through before tying the flavors together with nutty Parmesan cheese.

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

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