Did I mention how many tomatoes I have right now? What’s a person to do with all this bounty? Go to the farmer’s market and buy MORE cherry tomatoes b/c they’re such a good deal! And that’s just what I did.
Now, besides popping them in my mouth and eating one after another, what to do with them? Somebody send me this recipe for Giada De Laruentils’ Pasta Ponza. For some reason I keep calling it Pasta Ponzi but that’s not right. Anyway, I like this recipe because it’s easy, it involves the staple of my kids’ diet: noonels (otherwise known as noodle/pasta) and a ton of cherry tomatoes. Plus, I had all the ingredients handy.
These tomatoes are AMAZING!!! Not the tasteless things I get at Trader Joe’s which are imported etc. These are from a local farm and sooooo sweet & yummy!
Maddie ate some while I prepared them. Bea emptied the drawer of plastic containers & lids all over the floor. Then she leaned against the drawer closing it on her hand. Then she shrieked. When she was done shrieking, she went over & did it again.
- 4 c cherry tomatoes (or grape or whatEV you can get your hands on!)
- olive oil
- 1 lb pasta – the original recipe recommends tubular pasta but I didn’t have it so I used something curly
- 1/2 c breadcrumbs (seasoned Italian)
- 1/4 c capers (rinsed & drained)
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 1/4 c Pecorino Romano cheese (grated)
- 1/4 c chopped Italian parsley (I totally forgot this as you can see)
1. Set oven to 375 and grease a baking dish. I used a glass lasagna dish & sprayed with olive oil spray.
2. Cut all tomatoes in half. Try not to eat half of each one while doing that.
These tomatoes are good looking!
3. Toss in a large bowl (you can re-use this bowl at the end – save bowls!!) with the capers, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper. I’m not a stickler for measuring the oil, salt or pepper and you needn’t be either!
I just realized this looks kind of gross with the salted capers. Like hairy little eyeballs. Or something. Note to self: spoon salt to the side in a tidy pile next time.
Stir to coat tomatoes evenly. Much better!
4. Spoon into greased baking pan.
Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top of tomatoes. Drizzle or spray olive oil on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
5. About 15 or 20 minutes into the baking, boil your water for the pasta.
NOTE: I forgot this both times but save 1 or 2 cups of the pasta water before you dump the pasta! You can use this later if your pasta needs it.
Some people can’t wait the 15-20 minutes remaining and have to be fed instant macaroni & cheese PRONTO.
And they’re STILL not happy.
6. Take out your baked tomato mixture.
I probably could’ve used more olive oil drizzled on top of the breadcrumbs.
7. After saving 1-2 c of your hot pasta water, dump your pasta out. Combine in the big bowl you used earlier with the baked tomatoes mixture. Add cheese & stir gently. Add some of that water you saved if your pasta needs it (if you think it’s too dry.) Add parsley if you remember to!
This is SO tasty! Both the kids liked it though not that night. Here’s what they did while we were waiting for the pasta.
and They did enjoy it for lunch the next day. It’s really easy and a lot tastier than jar sauce (though it does make more dishes to clean than jar sauce…) As always, I’d love to hear feedback below if you try this dish!
- Butter (pat)
- 4 c cherry tomatoes (whatever you can get your hands on!)
- ¼ c capers (rinsed & drained)
- olive oil
- ½ tsp salt (plus more to taste)
- freshly ground black pepper
- ½ c Italian breadcrumbs
- 1 lb pasta (tube shaped is recommended)
- 1¼ c grated Pecorino Romano cheese
- ¼ c chopped fresh parsley
- Set oven to 375 and grease a baking pan. I used a glass lasagna dish & sprayed it with olive oil spray.
- Halve all tomatoes.
- Toss in large bowl with 1 tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper and capers. Coat tomatoes evenly in oil.
- Spread into baking pan.
- Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top of tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil on top.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- About 20-25 minutes into the baking, boil your pasta water. **IMPORTANT: save 1 or 2 cups of the pasta water before you dump your pasta! You can use this later if your mixture is dry.**
- Combine tomatoes & pasta in a large bowl. Add cheese and parsley & combine gently. If your pasta seems too dry, add some of the pasta water that you saved!
- This heats up very nicely as leftovers too. YUM!