There's something about watching my baby tomato plants grow, oh, so ever sloooowly that makes me impatient. All six varieties I bought are just barely blooming today. So, of course, a quick visit to the market was necessary if I wanted to make this simple roasted tomato and pasta supper. As I rummaged through my jars of pasta shapes, I chose my very favorite, rigatoni, though there are lots of others that may jiggle your pasta passion. Check out THIS page to find your favorite!
I roasted the tomatoes, first tossing them in a bowl with olive oil, garlic cloves, olive oil, and basil leaves from my garden. I added a touch of butter ( I do love butter!), and salt, a pinch of sugar, and roasted for 40 minutes or so. As they cooled, I boiled up the pasta, then quickly drained and tossed. A shaving of parmesan, a sprinkle of more basil and all was good, and delicious.
You will need:
1 pint little grape tomatoes
1 or 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced very thin
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
3-4 little basil leaves, minced
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper
parmesan cheese grated on top after cooking
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Toss the whole grape tomatoes in the oil, salt, and basil
Add the butter and sugar and toss again.
Roast the grape tomatoes for 40 minutes, or until the tomatoes are soft and tender, stirring them once or twice and adding more oil if they are too dry.
Smush a few of the tomatoes with a spoon, and roast another 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Bring a pot of water to a boil and add 2 cups dry rigatoni. Let simmer/boil for 8 minutes, then drain.
Toss the tomatoes and pasta with the juices from roasting, then serve with a shaving of parmesan on top, and a grinding or two of fresh pepper.
Happy almost July!