Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes  

Pasta con Pomidorini al Forno 

Pasta cu’ Pumaroru Arrustutu 

 

This pasta recipe, offered by my niece Marzia Greco-Fiorilla is a delicious dish easily and quickly prepared. 

Marzia has successful prepared Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes many times, with great success, for its the taste and for the hearty and beautiful appearance. 

This is an appetizing dish, often prepared in the summer when local cherry tomatoes are ripe and abundant.  

Cherry tomatoes are ideal for this preparation, however, if not available ripe quartered tomatoes can be substituted. 

 

Serves 4 

 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 lb. Penne 
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil (divided) 
  • 2 pints ripe cherry tomatoes (about 2 lb.) 
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs (dry)  
  • ½ cup grated caciocavallo or Parmesan cheese 
  • Pinch of oregano 
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 
  • ¼ cup of torn basil leaves 
  • Few sprigs of basil 

  

 

PREPARATION 

 

Roasting the Tomatoes 

 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  

Grease a roasting pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. 

In a bowl combine and mix well the bread crumbs, the parmesan cheese, oregano and garlic; set on the side
Wash and drain the cherry tomatoes. Cut them in half and put in a roasting pan, cut side up. 

Drizzle with 4 tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and cover with the mixture of breadcrumbs and cheese. 

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. 

 

If using other types of tomato, quarter them, remove some of the seeds and cut in half; than follow above directions.

 

 roasted cherry tomatoes


The Pasta  

Cook the pasta al dente in an abundant amount of salted water, following manufacturer’s recommendation. 
When pasta is cooked, drain and reserve a cup of the cooking water. 

Return the pasta to the pot and over a low flame, toss in the roasted tomatoes and torn basil leaves. Mix it well.  

If it is too dry add some of the reserved pasta water.

 

 Penne with roasted tomatoes sauce

Plate individual portions of pasta, garnish with the sprigs of basil and serve immediately.