First off, I’ll apologize for doing two pasta recipes in a row. Once you try this one, you’ll understand, trust me!
Grape and cherry tomatoes have been on sale often lately, and this is my go-to recipe when I want to lighten up my pasta yet have great flavours. Even better, with tomatoes being two pints for five dollars or less, you can serve up four people for less than ten dollars!
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, and get out a large baking sheet. I like to use parchment paper so clean up is quick and easy!
Roughly chop a large onion and lay it on the baking sheet. Wash two pints of cherry or grape tomatoes, and put them on the sheet with your onions. Drizzle with enough olive oil to lightly coat the vegetables, and add about four tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then toss the mixture so they’re well coated.
Put the vegetables into the hot oven and roast for about 30 minutes. In the meantime, you can get your water on for your pasta. To keep this dinner a bit healthier, I used the new Barilla PLUS® spaghetti.
The tomatoes should take about 30 minutes to be done, but check them and when the skins are puckering and they’re starting to burst, they are ready. You may need to adjust your time up or down a few minutes depending on your oven.
Once they are cooked, grate some Parmesan cheese over them, and add some freshly chopped basil. If you do not have fresh basil, I would add some dehydrated basil when you add the salt and pepper before roasting to give them that extra boost of flavour.
Drain your spaghetti, and return it to the pot. Add the tomato mixture, and mix well. If you prefer a more “saucy” texture, you can purée the roasted tomatoes and onions before adding your pasta. I prefer the chunkier style so when I take a bite of the pasta, the tomatoes explode in my mouth with their sweet flavours.
That’s all there is to this simple, delicious and healthy dinner!
As with anything else I cook, you can feel free to top this with more cheese! I like mine with a bit of regular grated Parmesan!