I blinked and this week was gone. Part of the problem may have been that I finally joined Facebook. I have resisted the force until now but finally lost the battle. I am still learning the ropes, enjoying photos of friends and their kids and desparately trying not to get sucked in too often.

Last Sunday, when I served this plate of pasta to my husband, he said it tasted like he was at a good Italian restaurant! Mini Whipped also expressed her satisfaction through a series of squeals and leg kicks. I think I figured out the ultimate red sauce trick: roasting fresh tomatoes. Stephen at the HOG Food Blog first gave me the idea when he posted this tip for spring tomatoes. I had forgotten about it until he wrote about it again on his latest post about Tomato Soup.

I may have mentioned before (a few dozen times) that I don’t eat raw tomatoes. Lately, each week, I have found a pint of cherry tomatoes in my organic produce delivery. Now I know exactly what to do with them! If you have time, follow Chef Stephen’s tip for Roma Tomatoes, which takes two hours in a low temperature oven. If you don’t have that much time, try my altered version below. Truly, it was the easiest and best pasta recipe that has come out of the Whipped kitchen!

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Sauce
Makes enough for 4 pasta servings.

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
4-5 cloves of garlic
olive oil (about 1/4 cup total)
coarse sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil on a sheet pan and spread it around with your fingers so it is covered liberally. Cut tomatoes in half and place them on the pan, open side up. Peel the garlic and cut each clove in half and place them around between the tomatoes. Drizzle more olive oil over the tomatoes and garlic. Sprinkle it all with some large pinches of coarse sea salt. Put the pan in the oven. Cook about 30 minutes, checking to be sure garlic is not burned. Remove from the oven when garlic is roasted and tomatoes are bubbly.

Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Then, scrape the contents of the entire pan into a blender. Pulse until you have a thick puree. Toss the sauce over your favorite pasta. Add freshly grated cheese and sausage if you like. Or, add a little cream to the tomato and garlic puree if you want a creamier sauce.

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13 Responses to “Penne with Roasted Tomato and Garlic Sauce”

  1. Amanda Says:

    I can’t wait till tomato season! Hitting up the farmers market and grabbing ruby red fresh tomatoes is the best way to spend a summer morning… This is going to be made all the time.

  2. abbyjane Says:

    I’ve also done this with breadcrumbs sprinkled on top of the halved tomatoes before roasting. It makes the sauce a bit thicker without the addition of cream.

  3. Kaitlyn Says:

    This looks like such a fresh and easy way to make homemade sauce. This is a method I would love to try out, especially come tomato season!

  4. Jodi Anderson :: so NOT cool Says:

    I have been doing something similar with broiled heirloom tomatoes, essentially the same recipe but adding thyme and basil as well. Sometimes I just eat it as a lumpy soup. Sometimes I broil it with salmon and serve it over linguine for my husband.

    I think I have become slightly addicted; I can NOT get enough broiled heirloom tomatoes.

  5. Kara Says:

    Would this work with regular-sized, large tomatoes as well? How would I need to change the roasting time to make sure it is cooked through?

  6. molly Says:

    why that’s the coolest thing ever! canned tomatoes are good in a pinch but if you have the time.. heyyyyy…. yumO

  7. Jayne Says:

    I have 2 pints of cherry tomatoes in my fridge right now. Thank you for giving me the perfect idea for dinner tomorrow!!

  8. Sarah Says:

    This sounds amazingly simple and good. can’t wait to try it!

  9. Moltomom Says:

    This sounds delicious! I will have to try this. And I hear you regarding Facebook – I joined last September and I’m addicted as well!

  10. bill Says:

    I suspect that you meant to say ‘coarse sea salt’ rather than ‘course sea salt’. Damn those spell checkers!

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