I'm not including a photo of the dish with this post. I assume that most readers know what raw tomato sauce on top of pasta looks like. Maybe I'll insert a photo later after I come back from the market.
This is a fast, easy and healthy recipe. If you decide to use one of the optional garnishes I suggest adding them on top of tomato rather than tossing for presentation purposes.
The basic recipe is simple, fast and delicious especially at the height of tomato season. The only thing you have to cook is the pasta. I prefer freshly made durum semolina wheat pasta bound with eggs for this dish, however I rarely make my own pasta at home. So I usually use packaged spaghetti.
Obviously the quality of tomatoes matters a great deal for such a simple dish. The tomatoes can be prepped as concassé (peeled, seeded and chopped), grated against the largest holes of a box grater (discard skin) or simply chopped with the skin intact. Season tomatoes with salt, finely minced garlic, basil or thyme and extra-virgin olive oil. Perhaps you've noticed that I often call for salt only in my recipes and not salt and pepper. Pepper is used as spice in Algerian cooking and it's not an automatic addition to savory dishes. If you don't like bits of garlic in the sauce make garlic olive oil and strain the oil into the sauce. Cover and refrigerate the tomatoes while preparing the pasta. The uncooked tomato sauce can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated overnight. Toss the salsa tomatish with cooked hot pasta.
Optional garnishes include: