26 April 2010

Meatless Day Challenge - Pasta in a grilled tomato sauce

This week's meatless day challenge was inspired by a dish by Nigel Slater.  Using fresh tomatoes and grilling it and doing very little to it brings out the natural flavour of the sweet tangy tomatoes.

I love the idea of having pasta in a light and flavourful sauce.  The best part of this dish is that it's not only very tasty but it's quick, so it's perfect for a midweek meal.

There really isn't a recipe set in stone for this.  It really is free form and you can add any herbs you like.

Half tomatoes and place on an oven tray.  I used 6 tomatoes for 2 people but this was plenty.  Drizzle really good quality olive oil over them and season with salt and pepper.  I then added minced garlic and fresh thyme from my herb garden.  

Place under a hot grill and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft.  Place them in the bowl including all the juices that collected in the tray.  Pour a splash of red wine vinegar.  Roughly crush with a fork leaving some large pieces of tomatoes.  Mix in some fresh basil.  

To serve, combine with cooked spaghetti pasta and enjoy.

Meatless Day Challenge

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/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

That looks so healthy! Basil is defintely the goal but being the naughty me, I will have grated parma too!

/* */ A cupcake or two said...

Cherrie I love this recipe. I like the idea of going without meat once a week. This is a quick and delicious meal. Oven roasted tomatoes are just delish.

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/* */ Anh said...

Love this pasta! Very delicious and healthy :)

/* */ Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

So yummy and healthy! Oven roasted tomatoes give a nice flavour to the pasta. Who needs meat when you can have this delicious pasta!

/* */ LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

those tomatoes look so good!

/* */ Trisha said...

I love fresh basil!!! I just wish I can have my own herb garden hahaha but living in a 4th floor apartment isn't really an ideal "garden" location. Ah well. Looooove simple pasta dishes!

/* */ Elizabeth and Jared said...

There is something so refreshing and light about a simple vegetarian summer pasta like this one.

/* */ Adrian @ Food Rehab said...

Love it! I actually prefer adding very minimal sauce to a pasta dish as it brings out the taste of the pasta itself. I like the meatless option here.

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