Quick eats: Mafaldine with roasted cherry tomatoes

At the farmers markets last week there were such beautiful cherry tomatoes, still on the vine (by now you must know that I am a sucker for stuff like this), that of course I had to buy some for our lunch.  Roasted with a bit of olive oil and set atop some mafaldine (curly fettuccine), they made the perfect Saturday lunch.

Like a lot of veggos, we tend to fall into the trap of eating a lot of carbs, with many of our meals based around pasta, pizza, cous cous, potato, bread etc.  Though I do try my best to vary our diet and to include plenty of beans, lentils and tofu, sometimes when you just need an easy, tasty and filling lunch, only pasta will do.  In saying that, I try to add as many vegetables as possible to make it a little healthier.

Mafaldine kinda looks a bit freakish… we were joking that we were eating Paul the Octopus.

Good quality parmesan is key…

Recipe below.

Photos from: my camera

Pasta sauce:

  • olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • cherry tomatoes, I used them still on the vine for presentation, but picked off would be fine
  • 1 zucchini, sliced (I used the vegetable peeler)
  • 5 medium mushrooms
  • 1 bottle of tomato passata
  • a handful of baby spinach
  • fresh and dried herbs as available (I used some dried italian herbs and some fresh basil, parsley, thyme and rosemary from our balcony garden)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan
  • 250g mafaldine (or other pasta)
  1. Coat cherry tomatoes with olive oil and roast in the oven at around 180 degrees Celsius, until discoloured and the skins shrivel
  2. Heat some olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, adding onions and garlic and frying for around 2 mins
  3. Add sliced mushrooms and continue frying until they have softened and the onions and garlic are translucent
  4. Add the tomato passata at this point, as well as any dried herbs you want to use.  Season with salt and pepper, turn the heat down and cover, allowing the mixture to simmer for 10-15 mins, stirring intermittently and adding water if it becomes too dry.
  5. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, until al dente.  Drain in colander.
  6. Add the baby spinach and fresh herbs to the pasta sauce, season further if required and turn off the heat.  Add the drained pasta to the pan and mix to coat the pasta entirely with sauce.
  7. Serve topped with roasted cherry tomatoes, cracked pepper and grated parmesan.
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6 responses to “Quick eats: Mafaldine with roasted cherry tomatoes

  1. Wow – those tomatoes look AMAZING!!

    My husband and I are veggos too, and so we also fall into that ‘carb overload’ trap with many of our meals … it can be all too easy to rely on.

    I definitely have to try this recipe, everything looks and sounds absolutely delicious … it’s late at night but I’m feeling hungry all over again! 😉

    • Thanks! Yes it is so easy to use carbs to fill up the boy! so easy as well. I have been loving lentil or quinoa based salads lately though, and you could easily put roasted tomatoes on top of either. Hopefully we can cut out some carbs over summer 🙂

  2. This looks amazing… vegetarian Mr. Spring would really like it! It IS hard to manage carb intake as a vegetarian, and since going on a gluten-free diet for the past month, I’ve become acutely aware that every meal he eats revolves around, as you said, bread, pasta, or pizza. It’s such a challenge to come up with alternatives… so I’m happy you’re on the case!
    – Catherine at The Spring

    • Oh I know how difficult it is to cater for GF and veggo, I always have a difficult time deciding what to cook when my gluten intolerant friend comes for dinner (but vietnamese rice paper rolls are always a good one!). There is actually a great iphone app by ‘whole foods’ where you can select your dietary requirements and it will bring up veggo GF recipes for you. Also, ethnic style foods like curries, stir fries, stews can make dinners more interesting! Good luck and thanks for your comment!

  3. David

    Delicious. I am going to try this today.

  4. That looks AMAZING! The tomatoes the pasta and all! I’m drooling!

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