Monday, August 18, 2008

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

You know, I was about to say that pasta is the working girl's best friend. But that's awfully sexist isn't it? It would work okay in my house because my husband cooks probably, maybe two times a year. He makes chili. It's good chili, but really, I think he needs to expand his repertoire, don't you? So, back to pasta being a working person's best friend. Pasta is the only thing that I can comfortably completely wing on my own. It's perfect for cleaning out the fridge and it's perfect for when there is hardly anything in the fridge. So, when I got the cutest (and yummiest) basket of cherry tomatoes in all shades of red, yellow, and orange, a quick tomato pasta dish practically assembled itself.

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes
Serves 2

1/2 lb your favorite pasta
2 pints of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon roasted garlic (if you are lucky enough to have some, otherwise just a clove or two of minced garlic)
1 small red (or white, or yellow) onion diced
3 tablespoons (or more) chopped basil
extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Start a pot of salted water to boil for your pasta.

In a skillet heat of couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute for about 5 minutes until crisp tender. Add cherry tomatoes and garlic. Let tomatoes simmer for about 20 minutes while you finish cooking the pasta.

When the pasta is al dente, scoop it out of your pot and into the skillet with the tomatoes. This allows a little of the pasta water to help form a sauce with the tomatoes. Add the fresh basil and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with a green salad and some bread and you are all set!


And this will be my entry for this week's Presto Pasta Nights hosted this week by Kitchenetta of Got No Milk.

Oh,and for those of you still reading, your reward is you get to hear me whine and complain some more. Yes, school is stressful. I get that. But guess who's computer decided to crash this weekend??? Yep. I spent all day Saturday and most of Sunday trying to copy over what I could. You know what's hard (besides trying to figure out Windows Vista)? Trying to remember all my saved passwords!!! I have things that I probably haven't typed the password in almost five years!


Marjie said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about the crash! I actually write my passwords in an address book, so I don't develop "early alzheimers" and forget them all!

I love pasta with tomatoes and parsley. Sometimes I use butter, sometimes olive oil, sometimes cream, but it's always good stuff! Yours is really pretty; these must be more CSA tomatoes?

kitchenetta said...

Hi, Pam. You are a real natural with pasta - that dish looks so enticing, and I just love fresh tomoatoes with pasta. Thanks for your submission!

noble pig said...

Oh wow, so simple and delicious. The photo is beautiful!

Natashya said...

I love this kind of dinner. I could eat it all the time. Especially right now in tomato season.
A note re the awards - they came to me as a set so I am giving them as a set. Two for the price of one!

Paula said...

Ok, now I HAVE TO try cooking with those little tomatoes! This looks so good and comforting! I've only had cherry tomatoes in salads, but now I want to give it a try. The other Pam at
posted a pork chop dish with these little beauties, too. I think fate is telling me something. Truly, your pasta looks wonderful with that garlic, onion, basil, and tomatoes. YUM!

And, argh!, how awful that your computer decided to crash. I hope you were able to recover your stuff!

Shannon said...

Beautiful photo! I've been eating a lot of pasta with cherry tomatoes this summer too. I like sauteeing the tomatoes, as you do, or roasting them, but my husband prefers them raw.

Grace said...

i adore roasted cherry tomatoes, and i suspect that i'd like 'em sauteed just as much. i've never seen anything other than red ones, and now i'm on the hunt for orange! :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pam, I love simple yet delicious pasta dishes like this one here - they come in very handy on weeknights!

Pam said...

Marjie - cream! That's what I need, some cream in this!

Kitchenetta - thank you!

Noble - simple is good.

Natasha - you're so sweet, thank you!

Paula - I'll have to go check out the other Pam's porkchop recipe. I love pork chops!

Shannon - I like them raw, roasted, cooked, anyway really!

Grace - the orange and yellow are so sweet.

Patricia - I hate to admit how often we have this simple dish!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

This looks just perfect. Quick, easy -- what more could you want from a working girl? I mean, a working girl's best friend. That didn't sound right, did it? ;)

Hillary said...

Beautiful contribution to PPN this week! Love the color of those tomatoes!

Holler said...

This pasta dish looks gorgeous! My hubby's key dish is actually a pasta dish. A fresh tomato & chilli sauce. It is good, but he only makes it for me about 2 or 3 times a year. I think his repertoire need expanding too!

Katerina said...

I agree completely, pasta is the best thing for a working night dinner. Yours looks delicious.

Esther said...

we harvested loads of cherry tomatoes from our garden the other day & i decided to try this. its super tasty! my mum didnt like though haha. however, im still going to keep making this. thank you!