Pasta with red and gold cherry tomatoes

The variety of tomatoes available at local farmers' markets has grows exponentially as the number of sunny days accumulates. Because of the rainy spring, some tomatoes have been renamed "Not So Early Girls." Pick up a mixture of red “Sweet 100” and golden “Sungold” cherry tomatoes for this week's featured recipe, a wonderful, simple pasta recipe. Dr. Greg Rumore, one of our expert pathologists, wondered if I had forgotten to publish the method of cooking the corn for last week's corn, tomato, arugula and blue cheese salad. The young and tender sweet corn doesn't need to be cooked, just cut from the cob. He served it uncooked with a pan-roasted pork tenderloin to his family's rave reviews. While I often cook new dishes to find recipes to share, I return to old favorites. If you haven't tried Marinated Salmon with Watermelon - Sesame Salsa, it's incredibly good and can be found in Volume 1 of the recipes. I love the simplicity and rich taste of this dish and hope you do too.

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 large shallots, minced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Scant 1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lb dried pasta (pick a shape with concavities to hold the sauce better – for more pasta shapes, see http://www.foodsubs.com/PastaShapes.html)

Directions

In a large sauté pan, combine tomatoes, shallots, olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook until the tomatoes release some of their juices, but haven't yet totally collapsed. This will take only about 5 minutes. Cut the basil leaves into thin ribbons and mix into the sauce. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and return it to the pot. Mix in the sauce. Adjust seasonings and serve in warm bowls.

Contributor

Preston Maring, MD