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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Presto~ its pasta

The heart of Tuscan cooking is fresh, fresh, fresh. The thing I enjoyed most about my time cooking in Montisi was being able to go into the garden and pick the ingredients. Pasta does not have to be difficult or elaborate with heavy creamy sauces.
The best part of this dish is the fresh pop of tomatoes and basil with a crunch of pine nuts.
Roasted Tomato Pasta
2 pint grape tomatoes
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 shallots, sliced
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil, torn
1/2 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound fusilli pasta
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Coat the tomatoes and garlic with olive oil and a bit of fresh basil, place on a roasting pan. Roast at 450° until tomatoes are soft and the skins begin to pop, about 5 minutes. In a skillet, lightly brown pine nuts and set aside. Next, brown shallots with 1 tbs olive oil. Scrape tomatoes and juices into the pan. Add remaining basil and oregano, heat through.

Meanwhile cook the spindle pasta till just tender. Drain and toss with grated parmesan cheese. Add tomato mixture. Top with shreds of parmesan and more fresh basil.
This could be served as a side dish or as the main meatless entree. Either way, it is about as simple as it can get. Presto~ its pasta!

My friend Pam at Sidewalk Shoes is hosting Presto Pasta night this week. I think I'll send her a link!

Y'all enjoy~
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Debra from Bungalow said...

That looks so good, I love the taste of roasted tomatoes. Thanks for a simple recipe with a lot of punch....I could eat this anytime.

darnold23 said...

Oh, yum! Love it.

Chef E said...

Oh how I love those little red hot babies popping in your mouth with their herbs, as you are trying to not let them burn your mouth...YUM, this sounds good!

Lisa said...

Simple and wonderful! Isn't tomato season grand?

nancyhol said...

I love tomato season too! It's my favorite summer fruit.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Debra~ roasted tomatoes are soo flavorful
Darnold~ give it a try
Chef E~ tomatoes and basil go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Lisa and Nancy~ It is tomato season in my kitchen

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandi. Thanks for stopping by. That receipe looks wonderful.

Joanne said...

I love simple dinners like this with fresh, seasonal flavors. Roasted tomatoes are some of the best things ever.

Kristin said...

Yours is my favorite recipe so far in PPN! This sounds wonderful- now if I could only get get my tomato plants to grow....

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My cherry and grape tomatoes are finally ripening( cool spring) so I'll keep this recipe in mind!

Barbara said...

Sandi, Even I can do this recipe.
Thanks, we love pasta and Roy loves hot.

Thanks, Barbara

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I will take mine meatless.

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