Angel Hair alla Checca

This pasta is a perfect showcase for the gorgeous heirloom tomaotes available right now. As a bonus, it's equally good warm, at room temperature or cold. And the chopped tomato mixture makes a killer bruschetta too.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Yield: serves 3-4


2 cups mixed tomatoes (heirloom is nice), cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, grated
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
5 fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded
1 ball of fresh mozzarella, cut into 1 inch cubes
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound angel hair pasta


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.

2. Meanwhile, mix all ingredients except the pasta in a large bowl. Toss to coat. Set aside for 30 minutes at room temperature so the flavors will meld.

3. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Toss the pasta with the tomatoes in the bowl. Serve immediately, garnishing with additional basil leaves if desired.