Roasted Tomato Pasta Dish
Happy New Year readers! I hope you all had a lovely festive season with your families. It is all back to normal here - back to school, back to work, back to cooking and not just eating the leftovers - so I'm back in the kitchen with lots of new ideas for the New Year.
This week we are cooking up a simple pasta. Nearly every child I know is happy with a pasta dinner, and this one won't disappoint. It is the true basic flavours of Italian food all combined in one dish and is an easy satisfying dinner to throw together at the end of a busy day. If you've have time on your hands you can roast the tomatoes slowly for longer to create an even richer flavour, but, if not, 20 mins will make them juicy and delicious.
For a family of two adults and 3 small children I use:
500g tomatoes - either cherry or baby plum work best
a handful of chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove, crushed
200g pasta - we love bows
1 ball fresh mozzarella, roughly torn
olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper
What you need to do:
Pre-heat the oven to 180C Fan. Halve the baby tomatoes and place them in a roasting tin and drizzle with olive oil, seasoning, the garlic and a splash of balsamic for extra flavour. If you're making it for children under one, omit the salt.
Place the tomatoes in the oven and leave to slowly roast for 20 minutes or so.
Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to boil and cook your pasta according to the instructions.
Chop the basil and tear the mozzarella into small pieces.
Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and add to the roasted tomatoes, scatter over the basil and mozzarella and stir well. Dinner is ready! Or, if you have five minutes more, place the roasting dish under a hot grill for a few minutes to make the mozzarella melt and crisp up a little for a baked pasta dish. Serve immediately.
For the mummies (and daddies), it is lovely with a green salad on the side. It also makes a great lunch - if there's any leftovers!
Happy New Year to you all.
Caroline & The Clean Little Tummies xxxx