On Line Cookbook

Maggie's Tomato & Basil Radiatore

Recipe Information
Maggie's Mom & Dad (Debbie & Marty, Yardley PA)


  • 1 box (1 lb) Radiatore (ruffles) pasta
  • 4 to 6 large ripe tomatoes (summer variety!)
  • 2 cups (475 ml) chopped fresh basil
  • 3 to 4 large cloves garlic
  • 3/4 lb (.3 kg) aged provolone cheese
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Chop tomatoes into 1/2 inch sized pieces.
  • Chop basil coarsely.
  • Dice garlic into fines pieces (do not crush).
  • Combine tomato (with juices), garlic, basil and olive oil into one large bowl.
  • If possible, allow to stand at room temperature for several hours.
  • Grate the Provolone coarsely. (NOTE: must use hard aged provolone, not the sandwich slicing kind).
  • Boil pasta al dente, drain well, return to pot.
  • Add tomato-basil-garlic mixture, grated cheese,
  • Salt & pepper to taste, mix well.
  • Serve immediately with more grated cheese for table use.
  • Leftovers may be served warmed or cold.
We adapted it from my sister's recipe, who adapted it from the original which called for Brie cheese. As a Greek/Italian couple, we also upped the garlic and basil content. We experimented with several pastas; radiatore work best. This is an easy & satisfying dish, as a main course or side dish. It makes a wonderful use for the bounty of tomatoes & basil in your summer garden.