pasta with cherry tomatoes and arugula

June 6, 2010

I’m not a big tomato fan. There, I said it. I’m not! But you know why I think that is? One too many mid-winter tomatoes consumed in Minnesota. There is nothing good about a tomato that’s been forced to grow in the wrong season, wrong climate, wrong everything. They just taste watery and rubbery and bland. Yuck.

So, it’s always kind of a shock to the system when I eat tomatoes and actually like them. I think to myself, “maybe your taste buds are maturing” and then I remember. It’s Summer. It’s tomato time.

This dish is so simple it hurts but no one ever complained about something like that, right? I just made up a giant batch to last for a week of lunches.

Okay, I don’t know who I think I’m kidding. Hopefully there’ll be enough left for me and the boy to each have a little box tomorrow. What can I say? Me + pasta + cheese = mouth party.

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula
from The New York Times

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved if small, quartered if large
  • 1 plump garlic clove, minced or put through a press (more to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 1 cup arugula leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon slivered or chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound fusille, farfalle, or orecchiette
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated ricotta salata or Parmesan (more to taste)

1. Combine the cherry tomatoes, garlic, salt, balsamic vinegar, arugula, basil, and olive oil in a wide bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add a generous amount of salt and the pasta. Cook al dente, until the pasta is firm to the bite. Drain, toss with the tomatoes, sprinkle on the cheese, and serve.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

What’s your favourite quick go-to pasta dish?
Carbonara all.the.way.

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Erica June 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Beautiful! I love tomatoes…but there is a huge difference between nasty winter tomatoes and fresh off the farm spring/summer tomatoes. Favorite go to pasta dish…hmmm pasta with a little olive oil, fresh lemon juice and tons of veggies! BTW- gave you a shout out tonight ;)


brandi June 7, 2010 at 9:58 am

i agree! Tomatoes HAVE to be in season or canned at their peaks. There's just no comparison to a tomato right off the vine.

Can you believe I've never had arugula? I can't find it here! This sounds delicious.


ellie June 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Every fall, I decide that I don't like tomatoes. Then every spring, I realise how much I love them…nothing beats fresh in-season tomatoes. Except for fresh in-season tomatoes with cheese.

My go-to pasta dish is spaghetti with pesto. Or smaller shapes with pesto eaten cold as a saald. Delish. I am on such a pasta kick these days!


Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) June 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I so hear you on the nasty tomatoes…I just got some great heirlooms from the Wedge yesterday though and they were wonderful!!


loveofbreakfast June 7, 2010 at 8:08 pm

i hear you. i will not purchase a tomato from october thru mid may. it is plain wrong. but tomatoes are all that much better when they actually are in season then.


ohonemorething June 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm

How perfect! I just stumbled upon a box of rotini pasta in my parents pantry and I was about to look for a recipe. This looks delicious and fresh :D We've got cherry tomatoes in the fridge.

I love this recipe:
and adding pasta to it!

and this too!


p.s. I love the Greek God's honey flavor! Have you tried that one??


Angharad June 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Katharina: yes! It's to die for, is it not? I don't understand how it's so much cheaper than all the other brands too! I feel like we're in on an awesome secret :)

Thanks for sharing those great links!


Holly June 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

pasta + tomatos + cheese = heaven in my mouth. i would put parm in my pasta…lots and lots and lots and lots of it!

sorry we didn't get to meet-up this weekend – i've been running around like a chicken with its head cut-off. no good.

but i hope you had a lovely weekend – chat soon lady :)


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