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There are wonderfully sweet-sharp flavours here and it's a good way to use up any tomatoes that are not perfect enough for salad. Let the tomatoes colour well, you can even let the skins blacken a little, which will add deep smoky notes to the finished dish. This quantity is meant as a side dish for something like grilled lamb or chicken, but you could double the quantities and eat it as a main course. Use thinner pasta, such as spaghetti, if that is what you have around.
Serves 2 with grilled lamb or chicken
Tomatoes – 5 large ones (not beefsteak)
Basil leaves – a large handful
Pancetta – 6 thin slices
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