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4 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded,
and coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground
black pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound small macaroni shells
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 pound Italian Fontina, finely diced

 In a medium bowl, toss together tomatoes, garlic, basil, mint, salt, pepper, hot pepper flakes, and olive oil.  Let stand at room temperature, tossing occasionally, 2 to 3 hours.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook macaroni al dente. Spoon off
1/4 cup liquid from tomatoes and toss with macaroni to coat.
While macaroni is still warm, add both cheeses and toss. Add tomatoes
with their liquid and mix well. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Serves 6 to 8.

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