Fresh Tomato Sauce With Garlic and Herbs

This uncooked sauce demands vine-ripened tomatoes with deep, rich flavor and color. The taste of the tomatoes, garlic and herbs intensifies when tossed with hot pasta or spooned over sizzling grilled beef.

3 pounds fresh, ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons garlic, finely minced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon coarse salt

Combine all ingredients except the salt in a large nonaluminum bowl. Stir to blend well, then let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Just before serving, add salt.
Makes slightly over 2 cups or 4 servings.
Per serving: 250 calories; 19 g fat (2.6 g saturated fat; 68 percent calories from fat); 20.3 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 383 mg sodium; 3.6 g protein; 4.2 g fiber.