Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti

This is a fantastic pasta dish that packs a lot of flavor. The goat cheese on top really takes it over the top. I served this with some of the leftover garlic bread I made a few days ago, and it really hit the spot! I definitely want to try it again when I get some tomatoes from the farmers' market - there's really nothing better than freshly grown tomatoes. Yum!

Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti
Cooking Light June 2010

OK, so tomatoes are fruits, not vegetables--but you use them like veggies. For the prettiest dish, use multicolored tomatoes from the farmers' market or, if you're lucky, your backyard.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)

4 quarts water
1 tablespoon kosher salt
12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
2 pints cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup chopped or torn fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled semisoft goat cheese

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add 1 tablespoon salt and spaghetti to boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until spaghetti is al dente. Drain spaghetti in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Return spaghetti to pan; set aside, and keep warm.

3. While spaghetti cooks, combine tomatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper on a jelly-roll pan, tossing well to coat. Bake tomato mixture at 450° for 10 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and lightly charred in places.

4. Add tomatoes and any tomato juice to spaghetti in Dutch oven. Add 1/4 cup reserved cooking water to jelly-roll pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; carefully pour water mixture and remaining 2 tablespoons oil into spaghetti mixture. Place Dutch oven over medium heat. Add remaining reserved cooking water, 2 tablespoons at a time, until spaghetti mixture is moist, tossing frequently. Stir in basil and parsley. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 328
Fat: 10.8g (sat 3.2g,mono 5.8g,poly 1.2g)
Protein: 11g
Carbohydrate: 46.6g
Fiber: 3.2g
Cholesterol: 7mg
Iron: 2.7mg
Sodium: 376mg
Calcium: 48mg

MacGourmet Rating: 5 Stars

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