Friday, 29 March 2013

Quick dinner for essay season

some text I bought a massive punnett of cherry tomatoes from the nice veg man on the corner of my road a few days ago along with three big bunches of spring onions. This is an easy tasty way to pack in a lot of veg quickly.

Quick And Easy grilled tomato pasta for 1.
You will need:
- cherry tomatoes
- spring onions
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- spaghetti (or other pasta, although long pasta like spaghetti, tagliatelle and linguine work well) - hard cheese like parmesan or grana padano

1. Preheat the grill on a high heat and put a large pan of salted water on to boil.
2. Empty around three handfuls of cherry tomatoes into a smallish roasting tin, so that there is enough room to roll around a little but the juices will still collect.
3. Chop around 5 or 6 spring onions into roughly centimeter lengths and add to the tomatoes.
4. Pour a little oil over the vegetables and grind over salt and pepper liberally.
5. By now the water for the pasta should be boiling. Measure out enough pasta for one - in my case 90g, in Alun's case 150g! Add to the salted water and set a timer for the cooking time indicated on the packet - usually around 10 mins. Stir occasionally to stop from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
6. While the pasta is cooking, keep an eye on the tomatoes, taking them out and stirring every now and then to stop the skins from charring. If needs be, move to a lower shelf. The tomato skins should be splitting and yielding a sweet juice that mingles with the oil and the softening onions.
7. When the pasta is ready, drain but make sure to keep back some of the cooking water. Add the tomatoes and all of their juices to the pasta and pasta water and mix thoroughly so that the tomatoes end up distributed through the pasta rather than collected at the bottom of the pan.
8. Serve in a nice bowl with shredded fresh basil leaves, cheese and a grind of pepper. And if you don't have essays to write, like me, a glass of wine!

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