I spent all of last week in Hazard, KY, to finish up the work that I wasn't able to complete during my first trip there earlier this month. Hence, the lack of any posts last week.
Today, I'm in Naples, FL, for work. Tomorrow, I fly to Nashville, where I will be working the remainder of the week. If you have any restaurant recommendations in either city, please let me know.
I wish I could say that with all this traveling I'm having fun, in a jet setting, supermodel sort of way. I'm not. Maybe if I could envision, say, Gisele, flying coach on Southwest, I might feel differently. (Have seats in coach gotten smaller over the years, or have I just gotten bigger?) In actuality, I find the process of flying to be very tiresome.
Anyways, back to food.
At Trader Joe's this past weekend, I came across cartons of colorful heirloom cherry tomatoes. I bought two cartons of tomatoes and decided to use them to make a quick and simple dinner on Saturday night. Yum!
Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes Over Pasta
Serves approximately 4
16 ounces pasta (I used pappardelle)
2 pounds (2 cartons) heirloom cherry tomatoes
1/8 - 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Basil leaves, torn
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Slice the tomatoes in half and toss them in 1/8 to 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add salt and pepper, and roast the tomatoes in the oven on a foil-lined baking sheet for about for about 20 minutes.
About 10 minutes into the roasting process, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Before removing the tomatoes out of the oven, drop the pasta into the hot water and cook according to the directions on the package. Take the tomatoes out of the oven when they become soft, but not mushy. Set the tomatoes aside.
Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for about 3 minutes until softened. Add the tomatoes and turn the heat down to low. Add the basil leaves and, if necessary, additional salt and pepper.
When the pasta is done cooking, drain the pasta thoroughly. Spoon the tomatoes over the pasta and serve.