An Easy Family Midweek Supper
Oven Roasted Tomato and Spring Onion Pasta in a Balsamic Drizzle
I am staying at my sister’s at the moment, and after a busy day out and about, this was a simple supper that I rustled up in about half an hour. Lovely baby plum tomatoes are oven roasted with spring onions along with capers and garlic cloves, the vegetables are then mixed through freshly cooked fusilli pasta with crumbled feta cheese…..it was JUST lovely. We ate this with a big side salad and it really was a fabulous meal for a wet, dull summer’s day. I decided to oven roast the vegetables, as the oven was already on for a casserole that I was cooking for another meal……so, it made sense to utilise the oven…….plus, these vegetables can be cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge for when you need them for a simple pasta supper, or maybe they can be added to a tart or a quiche too….the possibilities are endless.
If you are planning on making this meal for a family supper, you can adjust the garlic to suit your children’s preferences, as well as the capers too……I am planning to add olives next time I make this, as well as few sun-dried tomatoes.…and I bet Parmesan cheese would be great in this pasta dish too, the possibilities are endless. Try to allow the tomatoes and spring onions to become charred when oven roasting, it really adds a depth of flavour to the dish. I add a few tablespoons of water to the vegetables as soon as they are cooked, it makes a little extra sauce for the pasta….again, you could tweak this by adding some tomato purée.
This ISN’T in my Monday Meal Plan, but I LOVE breaking the rules, and it was just the right dish for the moment…..I did make too much for the two of us as this makes a great cold pasta salad for another day, add a dollop of mayonnaise to loosen it up a bit and pop it in your lunch box…..you can also mix some rocket leaves or mixed salad leaves in with the pasta, just to liven it up a bit! Just one more tip, I used some rather fabulous WHITE BALSAMIC vinegar in this, it has the same depth of flavour but is lighter and sort of sherry like in flavour…..it’s JUST lush! That’s all from Dorset, I will be back tomorrow, have a great midweek and if you try this recipe, do let me know how it went. Karen.