Friday, March 25, 2011

Pasta alla FANTASTIC

Did you know that you can cook dried, uncooked pasta IN THE OVEN? I must have missed that message somewhere along my culinary road in life. That's why when I saw Giada De Laurentiis make it last September, I was over the moon!

It's so simple. And totally fun.

AND VEGAN. {if you use Earth Balance}

So I had to try it, natch.

Basically, you line a pan with tomato slices. It took about 5 medium organic tomatoes for me. Then mix dried pasta with a quick sauce that you make from garlic and a can of organic diced tomatoes, along with a shat-ton of oregano (I didn't add quite as much), olive oil (I needed to cut back on this but didn't), and S&P. I also added a separate can of organic tomato sauce. Then you dump the mixture into the tomato-lined dish and spread around.

Cover with more tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil to seal it up, and pop into the oven to bake for about an hour.

TA-DA! Roasted tomatoes blanketing a bed of moist pasta and tangy tomato sauce. I die.

Seriously, if I was like a tomato about to be cooked in some manner of my own choosing, this would be the dish of my choice. I would happily perish and go to Tomato Heaven, for reals.

You have to try it. NOW.



  1. Jes this looks SO GOOD! It's going on the grocery list!! The picture in the end ..YUMMY!!!

  2. That looks amazing! I can't wait for my garden to produce tomatoes (the best thing about summer, seriously). We'll be making this for sure!

  3. It's chilly here right now, and I haven't yet started seedlings for tomatoes (or peppers). I'll probably start some maybe this weekend or next. Just hesitant to plant anything outdoors while it's still cold! Philip's going to help me build a raised bed this weekend (supposed to be in the 70s again on Sat and Sun!). Watch the oregano in the recipe link. It's a bit much for me, but maybe half of that is needed. Also less oil :)