Simple Summer Pasta
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan until it starts to simmer. Add and stir garlic around quickly; as it starts to turn golden, add tomatoes. Reduce heat to low, season with salt and pepper, and stir for 2-3 minutes until tomatoes start to soften. Turn off heat, taste and adjust seasoning, then stir in basil and toss with pasta.
Summer Pasta Salad
Combine pesto and mayo to make a creamy dressing. Toss all ingredients together and combine well; chill. Before serving, bring to room temperature. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper (note: if serving outdoors, on a hot day, omit mayonnaise. Increase pesto to 12 oz and thin with olive oil if necessary).
Serves 10 as a side dish.