Picking up dinner… simple goodness.

More often than not, a few simple ingredients make the best quick dinners. I like to call these meals simple goodness. Even more often, I pick up the ingredients to these dinners throughout my day.

I caught the fragrance of the creepy, crawling oregano along the herb path we planted… the smell of oven-roasted tomatoes engulfed me at work… add the grass-colored extra virgin olive oil, the salty Locatelli Romano cheese, the brightness of lemon juice, and some dried pasta. The wine is chilled (Chardonnay) and dinner is Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Fresh Oregano


8 oz dried thin spaghetti or linguini
1 pint grape tomatoes, stems removed
2 garlic cloves, rough chop – do not mince
¼ c fresh oregano leaves, divided
¼ c grated Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano
¼ c extra virgin olive oil
1 – 2 T fresh lemon juice
1 t red pepper flakes, optional
kosher salt, to taste
cracked black pepper, to taste
water, to boil pasta

My Method:

Heat oven to 400 degrees

Put on a large pot of water to boil for pasta; add kosher salt to water after it starts boiling

In a large sauté pan (big enough to hold sauce and pasta and with a heatproof handle) over medium-high heat, heat olive oil; add grape tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes; toss to coat ; stir in ½ of the fresh oregano leaves

Remove sauté pan from stove and place in oven; roasted tomatoes for 15 – 20 minutes or until tomato skin becomes lightly charred and they begin to split

Meanwhile, cook pasta until slightly undercooked; drain and reserve some of the pasta water

Remove roasted tomatoes from the oven (careful to use a towel on the handle, it will be hot); using the back of the cooking spoon crush some of the tomatoes in the pan; add 1 c of the reserved pasta water; and season with lemon juice, kosher salt, and cracked black pepper to taste

Add pasta to sauté pan, combine, and cook until pasta is perfectly al dente; approximately 2 – 4 minutes

Serve on warm plates with a garnish of fresh oregano leaves and grated Locatelli Romano cheese

always in good T.A.S.T.E – cause you gottatastethis!


About tawannapatrice

...a native south floridian, i am an artisan baker, personal caterer, and sarcastic demented librarian chick who finds life unbearable without immersing yourself in your true passions…
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