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Baked Tomato Pasta

I’m pretty sure that I eat baked/roasted tomatoes more than most people. They are, by far, one of my favourite savoury things to eat. I request them as as side dish for as many dinners as possible. Luckily, in this recipe, I just about get my fill of them. Almost.

Baked Tomato Pasta

1 lb of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of olive oil
balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup of panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons of chopped basil
1/2 lb penne pasta
3 oz fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
juice of half a lemon
salt and peper to taste

Put your penne in boiling water and start to cook your pasta. Preheat your oven to 400 F. Toss the halved cherry tomatoes and minced garlic with 1 tablespoon of olive oil before spreading them out evenly in a baking dish. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 20 minutes of until the tomatoes skin is starting to wrinkle.

Toss the breadcrumbs with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and sprinkle the breadcrumbs over top. Bake for 3-5 more minutes until the panko is lightly golden. Sprinkle the chopped basil over top.

Drain your pasta and add it do a large bowl. Add in your sliced mozzarella and the lemon juice. The heat of the pasta should melt the mozzarella a little. Serve your pasta with big scoopfuls of your baked tomatoes on top.

sprinkling saltbaked with pasta
This dish is brilliant to make in large quantities with leftovers because it tastes just as good (if not better) cold!

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  • I am now officially starving! This looks soooo good. I should know better than to read your posts before I eat lunch 😉

  • This looks delicious! I keep trying to expand my pasta recipes as I am pretty limited to stuff like white white sauce, cheese sauce, bolognese, etc. I tried a creamy spinach one a few days ago and loved it. I might give this one a try when we are back from England!

    • Mmm….white wine sauce…’s my favourite. You can’t help but want to eat a whole vat of pasta if it’s in a wine sauce. x

  • Yummmm, I love cherry tomatoes since they are so easy to add and have minimal seeds!

  • Ashley Angle

    Sounds and looks delicious!
    ~Ashey @ A Cute Angle

  • Robert @ablogbyrobert

    This looks delicious. A lovely simple supper that’s just perfect for hot summer nights!

  • ooh this looks so good!

  • This looks amazing! (She says jealously as she eats her salad…)

  • YUM. Love tomatoes!

  • Holly Nelson

    This looks delic – I am pining to I love simple but delicious and healthy recipes like this!

  • I miss the fresh tomatoes in the garden back home. This sounds delicious!

  • Julie Maguda

    Ugggh this sounds so good!! I think I would love this…my husband not so much because he doesn’t like “chunks” of tomatoes in pasta. haha! I think I will make it one day anyway!

    • Oh no! Well if he doesn’t like tomatoes i don’t think this is the recipe for him! 🙁 Haha. xx

  • Ash @ The Nashvillian

    My mouth is watering – that looks so good! I loved baked spaghetti, but I had never thought about baked pasta with cherry tomatoes. This definitely looks like something I will have to try!

  • I’m kind of drooling right now and feel like I have to go get some cherry tomatoes to make this immediately. Looks so good!!!

    xx Sarah | Loser Girl Wins

  • Definitely going to try this. With the weather cooling a bit here in London, I feel like it is totally pasta season. Carb up for winter! Woooohoo!! x

  • oooh this sounds amazing! my garden is finally getting some ripe cherry tomatoes and i can’t wait to use them!

  • Awesome! Why are you making the big move? And do you know where you are staying yet? Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help! 🙂 x

    • Ella Jardine

      I am going to school there for a few months for study abroad. I am very excited! I am going to be staying in the dorms in Kensington as far as I know. Where in London are you from? Thank you so much dear! You are so sweet! (:

      • I’m actually American. I studied abroad in fall 2010 and graduated that same year, and then I came back to London for grad school and have stayed since then 🙂 When I studied abroad I was in dorms in South Kensington. It’s a great place to be! x

  • looks good, you’ll probably enjoy a recipe i’ll be sharing soon.

  • Ohhh ick! I love you Amanda and your recipes are mostly delicious. But I never have liked little tomatoes like these. I’ve tried and tried. I honestly wish I liked them because this dish looks like it would be quite good.

    • Hahaha that’s okay! I’m sure theres a few things that I’d cook that you’d think were gross. 😀 xx

  • I AM SO 100% WITH YOU. (personally, I’d add an extra step in this recipe: save a handful of tomatoes and pop them like candy while the dish is roasting!)