Roasted Tomato Pasta

What you will need:

4 cups cherry or grape tomatoes

2 TBS Patricia & Paul Traditional Balsamic Vinegar 

3 TBS Patricia & Paul Tuscan Olive Oil

1 clove garlic finely minced

½ tsp kosher salt

1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

¼ tsp crushed red pepper

1 box good quality dried like spaghetti, linguini or vermicelli

1 cup crumbled Ricotta Salata cheese (you could also use feta)

3/4 cup thinly sliced basil leaves

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  In a large bowl toss tomatoes, Balsamic, 2 TBS Olive Oil, garlic and salt and pepper. Place tomato mixture in a large ovenproof sauté pan. Roast the cherry tomatoes for 10 – 15 minutes, or until they just start to burst.

About 5 minutes before the tomatoes are done plunge the pasta into the boiling water and cook until just al dente based on package directions reserving a cup of the pasta water. Remove tomatoes from the oven and place pan on stove top add ¼ tsp crushed red pepper and stir to combine. Toss cooked pasta in the pan with tomato mixture adding about ½ cup of the pasta water.  If the mixture is too dry add a bit more cooking water if it is too soupy simmer on the stove top for a minute and remove from heat.  Add crumbled cheese and basil and toss again. Drizzle with remaining Olive Oil and serve.

 

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