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Giada's Checca Sauce

PREP TIME
8 mins
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Giada De Laurentiis shares her recipes for veal saltimbocca and quick and easy no-cook checca sauce.
Giada De Laurentiis shares her recipes for veal saltimbocca and quick and easy no-cook checca sauce.Yosef Herzog / TODAY
PREP TIME
8 mins
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(184)

Ingredients

  • One 12-ounce container cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 scallions (white and pale green parts only), coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1-ounce piece Parmesan cheese, coarsely chopped
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Chef notes

    This sauce is easy to make, super fresh and light, and can be used in a number of different ways. I like to serve it tossed with spaghettini or angel hair pasta.

    Technique tips: Don't over puree the sauce. It should have a little texture.

    Swap options: You can switch out the herbs. Try mint or tarragon or add a few red pepper flakes.

    Preparation

    In the bowl of food processor, pulse the first 6 ingredients just until the tomatoes are coarsely chopped (do not purée). Transfer the sauce to a large bowl. Season with the salt.

    Toss the sauce immediately with your choice of freshly cooked pasta or serve on the side of your favorite meats.