I was recently checking one of my favorite blogs, Noble Pig, to find new recipes and inspiration. I saw her recipe with a simple pasta dinner with basil and parmesan broiled tomatoes, and had to try it. I combined that idea with another recipe for pasta with toasted bread crumbs I had found in my Quick Fixes cookbook.
I don’t think I will ever have pasta without the tomatoes broiled cheese, it was really delicious.
Whole wheat pasta
Plum Tomatoes (figure on about 3 or 4 slices per person)
Breadcrumbs (I used panko)
1/2 TBS minced garlic
Fresh lemon juice
Boil water and cook the pasta in salted water according to the directions. Cut the tomatoes in thick slices and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 375 for about 5 minutes to soften. While the tomatoes are roasting, heat olive oil in the skillet. Add the garlic and cook for just a minute. Add the bread crumbs and sprinkle with the lemon juice. Toast the breadcrumbs until they are golden. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss with the breadcrumbs. Add the basil and let it wilt slightly. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and sprinkle with the cheese and put under the broiler for 2-4 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Top each plate with a few slices of the tomato and a leaf of fresh basil.