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Roasted Cherry Tomato Pasta


It's that time of year again when the cherry tomatoes are overflowing in your garden and the Farmer's Markets. We love eating them raw in salads, of course, but how about roasting them until they are soft and sweet and serve them over pasta?  This simple dish is a snap to make and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand anyway. 

This dish is not about the pasta being overly dressed - remember, the sauce on pasta should just complement the pasta, not drown it.  Garlic is sauteed in a little good olive oil and then a spash of white wine and chicken broth are added with some seasoning.  There's a hint of tomato sauce, but not much.  The star of the show here is the roasted cherry tomatoes, so we let them shine with just a light sauce underneath them.

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I used ricotta salata, a salty cheese I like but you can use Parmigiano Reggiano cheese instead.  Whole Foods carries ricotta salata and any specialty Italian deli will have it.  It's a salted, dried version of ricotta that grates easily and is just barely moist.  It's delicious - please try it if you are able to find it. 


Roasted Cherry Tomato Pasta

serves 4

for a printable recipe, click here

22 ounces cherry tomatoes
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
¼ cup dry white wine
½ cup chicken broth
¼ cup of tomato sauce
few grinds of black pepper
¼ teaspoon onion powder
8 ounces of thin spaghetti (or any other pasta you like)
ricotta salata or any other cheese you like for grating
fresh basil leaves, sliced

Heat oven to 425° F.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.  Place the tomatoes, whole on the baking sheet and roast for about 15 - 20 minutes, until they collapse a little and are soft.  Remove from oven and let rest.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. 

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil and garlic together until the garlic is soft - don't burn it! Add the white wine, chicken broth, tomato sauce, pepper and onion powder.  Simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered and then turn off heat and cover with a lid. 

Boil the pasta until very al dente - you should take the pasta out before you think it is done. It will continue to cook after you remove it from the pot.  Remove the spaghetti with tongs and place right into the skillet with the sauce, allowing a little of the pasta water clinging to the pasta to go into the skillet.  The starchy pasta water will help in making the sauce.  Toss the pasta in the sauce until well coated.  Pour the pasta into a large serving bowl and grate the cheese over the pasta.  Toss again. Grate more cheese.   Sprinkle the sliced basil leaves over the pasta and place the roasted cherry tomatoes on top.  Enjoy! (Be careful cutting the tomatoes - they squirt!)


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Reader Comments (7)

This is my go to recipe (minus the tomato sauce and chicken broth) for all those sweet tomatoes my neighbors give us at the end of the summer. It is really a one pan dinner if you add the garlic and basil near the end of the roasting time. Delicious, healthy and quick. Parmesan, Pecorino or even Burrata work equally well.
Thank you for posting this keeper.

August 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKnute

I make something similar. The tomatoes are roasted with the garlic, white wine, olive oil and some red pepper flakes in an enamelled cast iron pot. Add in toasted pine nuts, reggiano and fresh basil along with the cooked pasta. Life doesn't get much better!

August 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

I think the first time I made a cherry tomato sauce was from a Dominca Marchetti recipe I found in Fine Cooking years ago. Since then, I love using them in just about everything. And yes, they do squirt!! In fact, if we are eating cherry tomatoes, I will wear my full red apron. It's easier to explain an apron rather than a bib :-) I love your presentation and your recipe.

What a beautiful and delicious post.. It is plated so well.. Look so good.... Feeling hungaryyyy

September 5, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterzark fatah

Hi there! I could definitely say that this is a great recipe you have contributed above! It is clear to understand what step must be taken and how to proceed with another step!

September 5, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpaper theme

talk about my taste then there is nothing better than baked tomato and cheese to complement the dishes from pasta, as this is the best combination.

I love to look at the recipes for all sorts of goodies! I don’t know how to cook, so I have to read great blogs with photos of cooked dishes

November 22, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterresumes maker

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