Thursday, September 15, 2011

Angel Hair with Roasted Tomatoes and Fontina Cheese

mmm comfort food!

To me comfort food is not only warm, delicious, and filling, but it also has to be quick and easy. The faster   I can be on my comfy couch and wrapped in my comfy blankets the better!

This recipe looks simple but its actually loaded with flavor. I personally like how simple it is but if you'd like to make this a bit fancier you could add anything like shrimp and asparagus, or sauteed salmon. 

I used campari tomatoes in this recipe. I have fallen in love with them. They are never mealy and always sweet! And since they are grown in greenhouses they are always fresh and available throughout the winter months. 

Angel Hair with Roasted Tomatoes & Fontina Cheese
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
yields 4 servings
1/2 lb angel hair pasta
1 lb campari tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves left in their skin
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon butter
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
salt and pepper
1/2 cup pasta water
3/4 cup fontina cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Half your tomatoes and arrange them skin side up on a foil-lined baking sheet with the 3 garlic cloves. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Carefully toss so they are covered with oil and vinegar, making sure to leave them with their skin side up before roasting them in the oven.

Roast for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove tomato skins carefully with tongs. They should pop right off. Remove garlic from their skins as well. The garlic should squeeze right out and be nice and soft. Set them aside on the baking sheet.

In a medium saucepan, heat 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil with 1 tablespoon butter. Once melted together, add garlic cloves and break them up in the oil with a wooden spoon. Let the garlic infuse the oil for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add in the tomatoes along with all of the juices from the baking sheet and simmer for 5 minutes. Bring heat up to medium high and add white wine. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 more minutes.

Meanwhile, boil pasta according to al dente directions. Reserve a 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain. Add pasta to a bowl and add in tomato sauce with pasta water. Toss in fontina cheese until melted.


S.V. said...

This looks fantastic I love pastas that don't have a million ingredients in it but are still packed with flavor. I will have to try and make this. The 8 year old is not a fontina fan but maybe he won't notice lol.

Lindselicious said...

This looks great Sabrina. Awesome ingredients in a smiple dish all the yummy flavors shine through.

Sandra said...

mmm that sounds very very delicious, and of course fully satisfying! Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

Viviane Bauquet Farre said...

Sabrina, this dish is very elegant in its simplicity. All the flavors are there but none too many. A very tastefully executed entree.

momdecuisine said...

I could eat tons of this! Sometimes simple is really best, especially with good quality ingredients. Looks great!

Sue/the view from great island said...

My appetite goes in cycles, and one of the things I crave on a regular basis, say once a week, is a simple pasta like this. I don't think I've ever used Fontina cheese in pasta, so I'm interested to try this.

Yummy Mummy said...

This takes me right back to Italy. Love.

Yummy Mummy said...

This is my favorite kind of meal. Simple and delicious. Yum!

Parsley Sage said...

Nice! That pasta sounds delicious :) Love the fontina cheese and my hubby would devour all the tomatoes, for sure!

Dulce Dough said...

Beautiful! I love recipes that are simple yet flavorful!

Carolyn said...

Somtimes "simple" is the best way to let all the flavours shine through! This looks great.

Beloved Green said...

I am a huge fan of the comfort food. Also love the campari tomatoes, yum!

Muriel Miller said...

Oh how I wish I had a BIG bowl of this in front of me right now! I have so been on an italian kick lately and this is definitely calling my name! Bookmarked :)

While The Sun Shines said...

This looks fantastic - simple and full of flavour = perfect


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