Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays: Simple Cherry Tomato Pasta

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!
I have so many cherry tomatoes right now from my garden plot and decided to use them in a pasta.  Bad news about my tomatoes though.  All six of my plants have blight.  Ugh.  But I'm still getting cherries and Romas so it wasn't a total loss.  I found this recipe on Macheesmo.  What a great food blog - he, yes he, has lots of wonderful recipes.  
Look at all these pretty tomatoes...

And basil growing in my screen porch...
- 1 pound pasta (I used slightly)
- 2 pints (1 quart) ripe cherry tomatoes
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (I used red because I already had an open bottle)
- 1/4 Cup fresh basil, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- Freshly grated Parmesan
1.  Start pot of water to boil pasta.  Heat up oil in large skillet and add onion and garlic.  Cook for a few minutes.

2.  Add cherry tomatoes.  No need to slice or peel them, just throw them in.
3.  Stir and let the tomatoes heat up. Once they've cooked for 10 minutes or so, they will start to get really soft and you can break them up with a spoon.
4.  Keep cooking and stirring occasionally until the tomato mixture starts to thicken and pull away from the sides.  It will take 20 minutes or so for the sauce to start looking like this.
{ See that spoon?  It's for lefties!  It's hard to tell in the photo but it's angled so you can use it with your left hand.  Any lefties out there who have tried to use other angled spoons or spatulas will know why I love it! }
5.  At this point your water should be boiling.  Add your pasta and cook according to package directions.
6.  Add wine and basil to tomato mixture.  Also add salt and pepper to taste.
7.  Stir together and turn down the heat to low.  It won't take long for the wine to evaporate.  If sauce gets to dry while you are waiting for your pasta to finish cooking, add 1/4 cup of pasta water to mixture.
8.  When your pasta is done use tongs to transfer the pasta from the water and add it directly to the sauce.  Pasta water should be dripping from the pasta.
9.  Stir it all together and your pasta is finished!
10.  Top with freshly grated Parmesan and enjoy!
{ serves 4 }
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bj said...

G'morning, thanks so much for hosting.
I hope it is ok if I linked twice..2 posts with good food on them. :)
Come over for a try at my tasty giveaway.:)
xo bj

bj said...

O, and I meant to say how delicious your dish looks. I love pasta with a great sauce.

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Your pasta dish looks so good, and SO in season! Can't wait to give it a try!

Mo 'Betta said...

I think simple pasta sauces are the best! These looks delicious. I linked up a 'no cook' fresh tomato and basil sauce that is also very good!

Ott, A said...

Thanks a Latte' for hosting this week. I have been canning up a storm for our canning week blog party goin on this week. I didn't know if you had ever canned before or not, but we will daily have some great recipes and tutorials on how to can as a way to encourage bloggers to give canning a try. Hope you can join in the fun!

Aimee said...

Alissa, your pasta looks fabulous. I love that you used garden fresh ingredients. Best part of summer! Thanks for hosting!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Alissa,
Your fresh sauce for the pasta looks so good. We have great tomatoes and basil so this is a great recipe for us to try. Hope you are having a great week and thanks for hosting!
Miz Helen

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

yum!!! looks so fantastic. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Lynn said...

My colleague is bringing in loads to tomatoes daily for anyone who wants them. Next time she brings cherry tomatoes, I am going to take them all and make this! Your pasta looks really delicious.

Ashley said...

oh em gee - this looks sooo good! I gotta make this!

And HOW in the world did you get your basil to grow like that?? Mine didnt do so good this summer ... :(

Brunette & Blessed said...

I love your blog! I just discovered you and am your newest follower!

Emily of The Best of this Life said...

Super delicious!!! Love this style of pasta dish (with gluten-free noodles for me) - those cherry tomatoes are AMAZING!

xo Emily

Rene said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your tomatoes. Ours have been finished for a while now - not sure why. I make a similar dish, but have never added the wine which sounds like a great addition. Definitely trying this. Thanks Alissa!

Mrs. Jen B said...

This is exactly the kind of sauce I like best. Looks scrumptious - and of course since I make sauces like this all the time I totally know what it must taste like, which isn't helping me since I'm at work (aka nowhere near the kitchen). ;)

Kristen {a little ditty} said...

Looks so simple and delicious, yum!! Hey, can I get just a little bit of that basil to take home with me....I know how "generous" you are with it.

Amanda Nguyen said...

wow..beyond amazing!!


Kim said...

This not only looks so good that I could eat my screen but it is definitely one that I will make because my family will eat this one! Woo Hoo!

I have been gone for awhile and it's nice to be back today to see all of these wonderful recipes that are being shared. Just one small question...are we not able to post the linky on our blogs anymore? I may have missed something while I was gone.

Have a fantastic week and thanks so much for hosting!


rosaspicks said...

Sounds delicious! And since I heard the bad news about canned tomatoes, I've been rethinking my pasta sauce. I'm hoping to grow some cherry tomatoes of my own after the move!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

Looks (and sounds) delicious! That stinks about the tomatoes though....so frustrating!

Mindy said...

Looks delicious! I'm jealous of your tomatoes though. We've had only a handful of cherries so far and the big ones are pokin' along. Durn weather.

Miss Raj said...

wow this looks absolutely delicious. I sometimes don't bother making my own sauce for pasta, but this just makes me realise why i SHOULD bother! absolutely divine

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Are you I-talian? LOL! My dad has hundreds of these tomatoes and I cooked the same thing this weekend. Nothing like fresh from the back door ingredients!

Mommyof2girlz said...

Looks so delicious and fresh! I have all the ingredients in my garden (minus the pasta..lol) This will have to be a meal this week!

laurie said...

Your pasta looks awesome..so does your basil plant..alot better than mine!

jillian m. said...

Bookmarking! I live for simple recipes like this!

Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness...this looks FANTASTIC.

I have to make it. I never thought to use so much basil in my sauce. Going to do that.

Love your basil plant too. Beautiful.

THANKS for the awesome recipe.

Elizabeth said...

Everything looks so good. I am going to be busy trying all of them. :)


Meg {henninglove} said...

that looks amazing will be making that soon and so healthy, i love fresh veggies and basil!

rach. said...

yummmmmmm. can you send some over my way? ;)

love, rach

Val said...

Your pics and recipe are always, perfection!

lisaroyhandbags said...

mmm this looks good! I feel like I've been transported back to Italy! :)

Atelier de Charo said...

Quick, easy and delicious!


Remodelaholic said...

This looks SO good! I am so sad, we have been in the hundreds for over 60 days now, and our garden is all but dead! I hope the tomatoes make it and come back in the fall! I would love to make this... I might just have to go buy some!


Savvy Gal said...

I have lots of cherry tomatoes and basil in the garden. this has inspired me to have pasta tomorrow night. : ) thanks.

Just Cherish Today said...

Looks yummy - all the recipes look yummy!!!

Fly Away Home said...

I made the pasta sauce this weekend. In one word, "YUM". I used all fresh ingredients from the Farmer's Market and eyeballed how much to put in the pan as I went along. One chopped sweet onion, several big handfuls of cherry tomatoes, then a handful more after that. I let it simmer a bit with the lid on. I took the lid off and added a splash of wine (generous splash!) and a big mitt full of basil. I adored it! It is simple, fresh, clean and tasted just like summer. Thank You!!!!!

Free eBooks Daily said...

Thanks for the recipe. I am a new follower.

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LA said...

I just made this for dinner tonight with the million cherry tomatoes that I have to use up from my garden. This was AMAZING. It is definately a keeper. I have already planned to make this again next week to use up some more tomatoes!!

Rug Cleaning Los Angeles said...

This sounds great! I love homemade sauces! I love how simple this one is, very excited to try it!

Emily: RainbowDelicious.com said...

This was the perfect recipe to use up the last of my CSA cherry tomatoes! I shared the recipe on my recent meal plan at rainbowdelicious.com. Thanks!


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