Serves 4 / The success of this sauce depends on using the freshest tomatoes available.

Vary the basic recipe by adding olives.

Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes to marinate
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

2 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 pound angel hair pasta

1. Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze to extract seeds. Finely chop tomatoes.

2. Combine tomatoes with garlic, vinegar, olive oil, basil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss well and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Adjust seasonings.

3. Prepare angel hair according to package directions. Rinse and drain well. Toss warm pasta with tomato sauce. Serve immediately with freshly grated Parmesan, if desired.