Monday, September 14, 2009

Pasta ala Pam & Roasted Cherry Tomatoes


Also known as Sausage, spinach, and roasted cherry tomato pasta. But that's a super-wordy name. A mouthful (get it. food? mouthful? I'm hilarious, I know. I crack me up)

Brian's Aunt Pam is just one of those women- Her home is gorgeous and always immaculately clean, she makes 5 star quality food without a recipe (and thus can't tell you exactly how to recreate it), she's kind, generous and sweet. Hear that? It's envy calling my name.

So when we were at her house a few weeks ago for a huge family gathering and she whipped up a pasta dish so summery and fabulous that I wanted to move into her kitchen to live for ever and always, I knew I had to figure out a way to at least TRY to recreate it.

When I asked her what was in it she replied "Oh. Gosh. I know I put in a basil leaf in the pasta sauce this time...." That's all she could remember. Someone needs to set up a hidden video camera in her kitchen so I can steal her secrets.

This pasta isn't exactly like the one she made (I think that's going to end up as one of those mysteries of the world) but it was close- and exact or not, it is fantastic. Even Brian, who claims he doesn't like tomatoes, eats half the batch of tomatoes with his pasta.

angel hair pasta (or pasta of your choosing)
1 lb italian sausage
pasta sauce of your choice
4-5 cups raw spinach
parmesan cheese
1 pint cherry tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil for drizzling


Pre-heat the oven to 350°

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, place the tomatoes in a 13x9 pan, drizzle with olive oil and add the garlic to the top. Roast for approximately 20 minutes, or until they are slightly shrivelled (lovely, right?).

While tomatoes are cooking, brown the sausage, steam the spinach, and heat the pasta sauce.

Once everything is done cooking and drained, mix together the pasta, sauce, sausage, and spinach. Add tomatoes and top with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Source: Original Laura recipe, inspired by Brian's Aunt Pam

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