Thursday, August 18, 2011

Best Summer Pasta w/ Roasted Cherry Tomatoes



I know you've seen this here before, but it never gets old.

I make this pasta dish almost once a week when my cherry tomato plants are bursting.
It is our favorite way to use them up and this is so delicious that I hate when summer ends and this pasta dish is retired for the season.

Sometimes I add tuna for some protein, but it's up to you.

You can make this in one pan and bring it to the table. Watch it disappear.



Best Summer Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:

large amount of cherry tomatoes, any color, to fit in a 9 x 13 roasting pan
olive oil
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
kosher salt
1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves, sliced in chiffonade
1/2 cup of kalamata olives, halved
1 cup of baby arugula leaves
1 jar of Italian tuna packed in oil, drained (optional)
1/2 lb. of pasta (penne or farfalle)

In a metal roasting pan, lay out your cherry tomatoes and pour olive oil over liberally (about 1/8 cup).

Sprinkle generously with kosher salt and the 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.

Roast in a 400F oven for about 20 minutes until tomatoes are blistering.

While the tomatoes are roasting, cook your pasta.

When pasta is ready, drain and add to the roasting pan with the tomatoes.



Add the fresh basil, olives and arugula (& tuna if using). Mix with a big spoon and serve in shallow bowls.



Serve hot or at room temperature.



My favorite.

8 comments:

The Japanese Redneck said...

I know that's good. Cause I roasted lots of cherry tomatoes this year and they were devine.

Angela said...

This is probably my favorite of all of your recipes. I have been making it since the beginning of your blog. Thanks for reminding me!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Gorgeous I could eat this every day. I have a pile of tomatoes just waiting for this recipe!

Joanne said...

There's a reason why people are always making this and it's because it's amazing!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

oh joy. This reminds me of a pasta with tuna my mother-in-law used to make - only psst - better.

Eileen said...

No, it never gets old.

lea said...

Waiting for the tomatoes to ripen.....then stand back! This sounds so good. Making your cherry loaf today with Flathead cherries.....

Dana said...

I have some (Costco) cherry tomatoes that I need to use up before leaving town tomorrow. I'm roasting them up!