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Hot conchiglie with grilled pepper and tomato dressing recipe

Hot conchiglie with grilled pepper and tomato dressing recipe

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Grilling green peppers gives them a slightly smoky taste and makes it easy to slip off their skins. Serve it for a light lunch or supper, with a simple green salad accompaniment.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 3 green peppers
  • 450 g (1 lb) ripe tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp crushed dried red chillies (optional)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 Kalamata or other black olives, stoned and halved
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped rocket
  • 400 g (14 oz) conchiglie (pasta shells), or other shapes such as penne
  • salt and pepper
  • rocket leaves to garnish (optional)

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:12min ›Ready in:27min

  1. Preheat the grill to high and grill the green peppers, turning occasionally, until the skin is blistered and blackened all over. Place the peppers in a polythene bag and leave until they are cool enough to handle and the skins are loosened.
  2. Peel and seed the peppers, then cut them into bite-sized pieces. Cut the tomatoes into similar-sized pieces and mix them with the peppers. Add the garlic, wine vinegar, chilli flakes (if using), olive oil, olives, basil and rocket, and mix well. Set the dressing mixture aside to marinate while you cook the pasta.
  3. Cook the pasta in boiling water for 10–12 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until al dente. Drain and toss with the marinated pepper and tomato dressing. Garnish with rocket leaves, if liked, then serve immediately.

Another idea

Add a can of chickpeas, about 400 g, drained, to the marinating peppers and tomatoes.

Plus points

Green peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is important for maintaining and healing the body's immune system. Even when grilled, useful amounts of the vitamin remain. Peppers also provide good amounts of vitamin A (through beta-carotene). * Olives have a relatively high fat content, but most of it is the unsaturated type, which is believed to be the healthiest kind of fat to consume.

Each serving provides

C * E, niacin, copper, selenium * A, B1, B6, folate, iron, potassium

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Recipe Summary

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ounces fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mince garlic cloves in food processor or blender. Add 1/3 of the basil leaves to the processor, and chop until fine. Pour in 1/2 cup of olive oil, and continue to process until mixture turns light yellow with flecks of basil. Add the balsamic vinegar process just until combined.

Place the chicken breasts in a large zip-top storage bag along with 1 tablespoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, and the contents of the food processor. Squeeze air out of bag and seal. Allow chicken to marinate for 2 hours, or up to overnight, turning occasionally.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

Brown chicken in a large skillet over large heat, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a large baking dish, and place in the oven until cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven, slice into 1/4 inch strips, and return to baking dish to absorb cooking juices. Keep warm.

While chicken is baking, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Boil the pasta until cooked through, but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well. Stir the chicken and the juices from the baking dish into the hot pasta.

Thinly slice the remaining basil leaves, and place in a large serving bowl along with the tomatoes. Stir in 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Top basil and tomatoes with the hot pasta, sauce, and chicken toss to combine.


    1. Place tuna in pasta serving bowl and break it into large bite-size pieces. Add garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and capers and stir gently to combine. Set aside to warm to room temperature, or preferably, place the bowl (be sure it's heatproof) over the pasta pot to warm the ingredients while heating the water. Once the water comes to a boil, remove bowl and set aside.
    2. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain pasta well and immediately add to sauce in bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and toss. Serve at once with Parmesan cheese. Pass the pepper mill.
    3. Recommended pasta: 8 ounces penne rigate, medium shells (conchiglie rigate), rigatoni, or linguine.

    Joie Warner's No-Cook Pasta Sauces

    Pork Ragu Conchiglie

    Prep Time: 20 min.
    Inactive Time: 12 hours, optional
    Cook Time: 5 hours
    Yield: 4 servings

    Artisan conchiglie and super-rich pork ragu make this hearty dish a year-round favourite. Try it with polenta in exchange for the pasta for a very ‘rustica’ Italian meal.

    Conchiglie is the Italian name for ‘sea shell’, as in conch shell. It represents a family of shell-shaped pastas. The types that are bronze-cut, with multiple, thick ridges are best for allowing the rich sauce in this recipe to cling. Z Pasta makes a fantastic conchiglie, which may be purchased at Trader Joe’s.

    A painstaking endeavour will lead to a well-worth-while feast for family or friends. It’s not necessary to rest the braised pork joint for 12 hours. Just as with any braising, it is perfectly fine to go from cook-top to oven to table, seamlessly.

    For the pork, the butt, which is a shoulder cut, is typically called for in recipes for pulled pork. A boneless pork loin roast with sufficient fat will suffice equally.

    2 pound pork butt or loin roast
    2 tablespoons kosher salt
    2 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 large white onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic
    3 stalks celery, chopped
    1 large carrot, peeled, chopped
    2 cups dry red wine
    1 cup beef stock
    1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
    2 bay leaves
    2 anchovy filets
    1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
    1/4 cup minced, fresh Italian, flat-leaf parsley

    Pat dry the pork with paper towels and generously season it on all sides with the salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven, over medium-high heat on the stove top, heat the olive oil. When hot, but not smoking, sear the pork on all sides, about 2 minutes per side, until evenly browned. Remove the meat to a plate to rest.

    To the Dutch oven, add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrot. Sweat the ingredients until slightly soft, about 4 minutes. Cut the pork into 4 chunks and return to Dutch oven. Cover with the wine, beef stock, and full can of diced tomatoes. Add the bay leaves, cover with the Dutch oven lid, and braise in the oven for 3 hours.

    At this point, refrigerate the Dutch oven over night or proceed with the recipe.

    Stir up the pot. Add more liquid to cover the pork, only if necessary, and return the Dutch oven to the oven, covered, and cook for 2 hours more or until the pork begins to pull apart with a fork.

    Return the Dutch oven to the stove top. Remove the lid, and reduce the amount of liquid by half. While the sauce is reducing, remove the pork to a plate, shred it with two forks, and return it to the sauce. When the sauce has thickened sufficiently, stir in the anchovies and mash them up with the fork. Remove from heat.

    Cook the conchiglie according to package directions, less one minute. Scoop one ladle of pasta water into the sauce. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Toss well to coat all the noodles and cover. Rest for i minute to allow the sauce to absorb and the pasta to finish cooking.

    Divide the ragu over four serving bowls. Sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese and parsley. Serve!

    Enjoy Pork Ragu con Conchiglie with a rich chianti or red bordeaux.

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    119 comments on fusilli with baked tomato sauce

    Very interesting idea, I had never thought of roasting tomatoes with breadcrumbs (or using cheese while roasting to create a “sauce”). I bet it would also be amazing to start with some home-made confit tomatoes instead of fresh ones mmmm the possibilities :)
    Simple is better in many cases, and this is definitely one of them.

    And I have to agree with you on blogs, they just give you a better insight into recipes, and a closer look. If only all of our blogs were as beautiful as Delicious Days!

    Alternatively, on the breadcrumbs idea, try panko. A little lighter, a little airy-er and delicious!

    That looks simply delicious! Tomatoes, garlic, cheese, perfect! I’ll have to settle for dried pasta though as a pasta machine is still on my “wish” list! I’ll have to add that baking dish of yours on my list as well…

    Yum! Will definitely try this. I’ve started copy and pasting recipes I find on the web into emails I send myself. I use gmail’s tag function, tag ’em as recipes, and then I have my internet cookbook anywhere there’s a computer! Very helpful.

    Oh no! Of course you would recommend something as amazing-looking and right up my alley as this recipe on the first day of Lent when I have given up white carbs! It’s going to be a long 40 days, but now I know what I’ll be serving with my Easter ham this year!!

    Uhhh…may I have a rag for my drool?? I love roasting tomatoes but I have yet to attempt doing so with the little ones. It looks simple and delish. Since I am going to be alone next week, I might have to make this dish. Now, how can I convince B to get my the Kitchen Aid food processor I want.

    It’s amazing what stale bread can do for a dish, isn’t it? I too love food blogs, particularly for tested recipes like this that can be added to the week day repertoire. Looks fabulous!

    You make your own effin pasta?
    You’ve totally slipped over the edge. Come back Debbie come Baaaaack!

    Sounds delicious! I’ll be sure to try this recipe. And no need to thank me for this suggestion, which I must insist that you try: — Castellane with Mascarpone and Roasted Grape Tomatoes. (Never made it with castellane, but I can vouch for it being delicious with all kinds of pasta! and I always use less mascarpone than they call for…but only so I can eat a lot without feeling too terribly guilty :)…)

    back to pasta, I see… ha! looks delish.

    Oh this is perfect! I have some grape tomatoes almost ready to go in the bin. Now I have a way to use them! Too bad I just had pasta last night (corkscrews, natch). Yum yum yum… so basically after done roasting, just toss with the pasta? Mmm!

    I can vouch for the deliciousness of this as I am digging into a bowl right now! A friend directed me to your site just as I was wondering what to make for dinner – your description and beautiful pictures were too tempting to ignore. Thanks for a great recipe. Simple, aromatic, sweet and a great use of a bag of drooping cherry tomatoes. Now. Must. Go. Eat.

    What beautiful pasta. You’ve inspired me to bust out my pasta machine which is collecting dust on top of my fridge. Thanks.

    Oh my… that looks incredible! I need to get a pasta attachment. That looks like the most incredible meal!

    This looks scrumptious! Roasted tomatoes couples with pasta so well…yum! Thanks – hungry now!

    Not to be a huge dork, but 1/3 cup is around 4 or so tablespoons I think, so you are pretty much right on according to the recipe. Looks yummy though.

    I have this exact recipe stuck on my fridge (but reading 1/3 olive oil), credited to Nancy Harmon Jenkins. I’m always surprised at how good it is, because it seems like nothing much and is astoundingly easy.

    Ohhhh yes, that pasta sauce is a marvel. I’ve been making it since I saw it in the book and it’s one of my favorites. (And it is Nancy Harmon Jenkins’.) It truly ALWAYS tastes good. I can’t even imagine how good this must be with fresh pasta.

    This pasta is amazing – I’ve made the raviolis with it and the result was spectacular.

    Now, I just need to make this sauce asap. :)

    Delurking to say that your pasta looks beautiful, and I too love to surf the blogs for new recipes. I actually made your pretzels last week and just blogged about them:

    I made this last night. It was delicious. Perfect weeknight dinner. Thanks so much for the recipe Deb (and to the person you got it from…wherever you are!). Next time I am going to add some capers. Mmmm

    I keep a small box on a shelf in my kitchen, and all manners of old bread go into it. Crusts, cast-offs, stale buns etc, and when it’s full I take it out and put in through the food processor along with any old crackers or even chips and pretzels that have sat too long in the cupboards. Sometimes the bottom of the cereal bags go into it as well. What comes out is an amazing array of flavor that’s never the same twice but makes the most wonderful bread crumbs that I keep shut up tight in a container. It’s a treasure trove of convenience and goodness.

    Oh Deb?? That recipe looks fantastic! Your site is always beautiful. And delicious.

    frightening really – i made something too similar for dinner last night! though i didn’t use fresh pasta. i haven’t made it fresh in a few months, and i miss it. probably because i only eat pasta (for caloric reasons) when it is fresh because it is then, and only then, i feel it’s worth it. I should really get on that. a nice pasta dish is definitely in order and deserved ). Thanks for sharing. I love your photos. how do you get so much light!? Are you just lucky enough to do these things during the day with lots or sunlight or do you stage the lighting?

    This looks fabulous. I totally need a pasta roller!

    Marce — Indeed. Between her site and 101 Cookbooks, I’m very jealous that I don’t have a graphic designer in house! I too was a little wary of roasting the cheeses for a “sauce” but it all worked out perfectly. Oh, and I added an extra clove of garlic, of course. )

    Liz — What, Gmail has a tag function? Where have I been? Sometimes I feel like it’s Google’s world, I just live in it.

    Jenifer from Houston — The Kitchen Aid stand mixer or the Cuisinart food processor? I vote for the latter, though I know that is blasphemy to some. I find I get much more use out of it. (Though speak to me when I actually have the counter space for my KA, this may change!)

    mary — Indeed! I didn’t get to include this “story” but I have obviously been spending too much time watching the Food Network and not enough time watching the better cooking shows on PBS. Lately, I’ve been trying to catch a couple on the weekends, and it’s a whole new world! I am actually LEARNING things from watching a cooking show. Two weeks ago, I learned from Lydia Bastianach that it is more common to put bread crumbs (rather than cheese) on Southern Italian pasta dishes. (I hope I have this right, and do not offend anyway.) I had no idea, but after trying this, I can see why.

    Jocelyn — I slipped over the edge, darling, when I made my own English muffins. The pasta, in comparison, is sane, logical and ridiculously easy.

    CurlyHairDay — That sounds delicious. Anything with marscapone is delicious. Drool. This reminds me, years ago, I had clipped a recipe from the NYTimes (?) called “burst cherry tomato sauce.” For the name, of course. But essentially, you heated oil with some slivers of garlic, threw in whole cherry tomatoes, put a lid on it, and let them cook until they popped. I think Nigella would call this “slutty” as in a very good thing. I must find it, and make it again.

    carla — Yup, definitely a lot more since we bought the machine, and I know how easy it is. Somehow it’s more worth it when it’s fresh. And ridiculously more filling.

    Lily — Yay! A tried-and-true tester! (Whenever I find a new recipe on a food blog, I scroll down in the comments to see if anyone else made it, and if they liked it too, so I find your comment invaluable.) Thank you.

    Nicole — You are absolutely right. I’m evidently losing my ability to do conversions in my head. That said, this is where I admit that I didn’t measure very well, just estimated. I think one could get away with less oil, if they’re worried about an excess of calories.

    Nell — Epicurious does indeed credit it to her. I must find more by this woman — she sounds fabulous.

    Luisa — It was you! I found it on your site, I realized after the point. You didn’t blog about it, but just referenced it after making a pasta sauce I think you liked less. Thank you!

    Patricia Scarpin — I agree! It’s the first recipe I ever used, and I thought I would flit around for awhile, trying more yolk-heavy and other varieties, but it works every time. Next up on the past agenda: replacing some flour with whole wheat, and finding a way to use basil to get an honest, vibrant green pasta, unaided by food dyes. I’ve got plans for it!

    Jennifer Adams — Stunning! Lovely job! The chocolate… I fear for when Alex sees those pictures, as “add chocolate” is pretty much his suggestion for every single recipe.

    Erica — Oooh, capers. I love that idea.

    Kate — Thanks for the idea. I really should do that. Especially considering the scraps and crumbs I always accumulate from my own homemade breads! Brilliant.

    Linda — It wasn’t very light at all (though we do have overhead lighting) and I lightened it quite a bit in a photo editor. (Hence the slighty grainy quality.) Photos on this site are almost always divided into two camps: desserts, which I usually make in advance or have leftovers of so can take in daylight (they always, always look better) or dinner meals, eaten late and photos taken when I was impatient to eat (always need editing). But these are better because Alex took most of them.

    Okay, seriously WHEN are you going to have your own food empire? I’m not sure exactly what your day job entails, but I believe given your wit, talent, insane photography skills, and creativity in the kitchen that there seems to be a huge opportunity for you! Something a la RR, but with WAY less e.v.o.o. :)

    Dang skippy, that looks good. I need to eat more pasta. It makes me happy.

    Mouthwatering photos, and a great reminder that there is nothing quite like fresh homemade pasta. Thanks for this great recipe — true comfort food.

    Oh, I am SO going to make this. The boy tends to get a bit cocky about his cooking ability, and I think that this recipe would help him realize that there are two cooks in the kitchen!

    When you use the freshest ingredients as you have, even the simplest recipe is sublime. Your photos are scrumptious.

    I get the feeling that once I try this (probably soon since the recipes you blog about seem to always cut in line in my “to try” pile), this will replace my former favorite cherry tomato “sauce” which basically involved halving them and then sauté-ing them with garlic and balsamic vinegar.

    YUM! I´m making this right now (double cheese)

    I am always, always, always willing to roast away and imbibe on tomatoes! Though I have not yet convinced my pasta maker to be my friend:).

    I do the same thing! I use a recipe online, or worse, know that I saw it somewhere but FORGOT to bookmark it and am lost in blog-neverland looking for it!

    Wow look at husbands aunt always made home made noodles..the ones I have tried in the past have been a gloppy mess and not even comparable. I used the machine and this wonderful dough like silly putty formed, they rolled easy and did not bond and stick to the previous cuttings, when I served this up my husband got a little emotional, has not had this favorite of his, beef and noodles since his aunt passed on. Thank you for the inspiration to try just one more time.

    Deb, your choice of pasta and condiment are incredible. Oven roasting is the best thing a cook can do to resuscitate flavour in a typical tomato. I must agree with you, however, that cherry and grape tomatoes usually do have decent flavour au naturel. Thanks also for telling it like it is on the breadcrumb front. Have you ever tried making Sicilian bread crumb topping by taking your bread crumbs and toasting them with some olive oil? It’s a poor man’s parmesan. It’s also the way my wife and I frequently use our leftover/stale bread. I found this recipe:

    Oh, excellent — this is going on the menu this week. And Kate, that box of bread scraps is a wonderful idea! Although I’m pretty sure the birds in the back yard are going to complain about this, since stale break has always been their property…

    I can’t wait to try this I love the way those grape tomatoes develop a concentrated sweetness when you roast them, and your recipe really highlights that.

    I will have to point out your pasta recipe to Leland since he just got a hand-cranked machine thanks!

    Since I’m eager to try anything that involves roasted veggies, I made this last night with extra cheese, lots of basil, and whole wheat spaghettini. I was a bit worried the subtle flavours might not stand up well to the ww pasta, but it was DELISH. Thanks for sharing!

    Tried it. Twice. Loved it. Twice.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    Oh, thank you so much for this recipe! I made it last night and we all loved it, including my 3 year old son and 6 year old daughter who can both get incredibly picky at times. Thanks again, this will definitely go in my “to make over and over again” list!

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    Thanks for this recipe — tried it out last night, and it was a big hit, at least with my husband and myself. The kids (4 & 6) helped cook, but wouldn’t do anything more than taste the barest fragment of a corner of the tomatoes.

    I used the lower amount of oil 1/3 cup would have overwhelmed, I think, though it could also make it more of a dressing for the pasta. But since we weren’t using a whole recipe of pasta, 3Tbsp worked out fine.

    OK, I made this tonight and that was good. Putting all those little half tomatoes face up in the baking dish was a little bit of a zen exercise, but the rest of it was easy enough to make up for that. And dang — yummy. Definitely one for the files.

    When do you recommend adding the basil?
    I was not sure if I was to add it to the hot pasta and sauce in a bowl, or add it to the tomatoes before the breadcrumbs.

    Really really well done. Great photos!
    Looks so good…..

    I made this last weekend (well, it was just me eating, so I quartered it) and loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

    Okay, I know I’m almost a year late, but I made this tonight after seeing it linked under the 7-yolk pasta. I didn’t have time to make fresh pasta, but this was delicious over whole-wheat spaghetti! The aroma is still lingering in my kitchen a few hours later, and it is truly a thing of beauty.

    I am a year late also – but I just made this for my husband and myself and it turned out so fresh tasting and delicious. Honestly, I was a little surprised that he liked a pasta that was not dripping in sauce since that is usually the main criteria! We are adding this to our regular list, based on a promise I made to double the bread crumb mixture. :)

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    Another person that is a year late… you saved a box of grape tomatoes from oblivion. :-)
    I added some prosciutto to this in the last 10 minutes of cooking so it would get nice and crispy. The husband voted that this should be added to the regular rotation.
    Thanks very much for your wonderful blog!

    what do you do with the 1/4 cup of torn basil??

    Just for the record, I used the Google and found a burst cherry tomato sauce. Only I’d call it “Busted Cherry Tomato Sauce,” ’cause I’m really a 14-year-old boy. Heheh.

    This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! I’ve made a slightly different version of it for years and it is always amazing. I sometimes make it with romas when they are super cheep in the farmer’s markets or (to make a *really* pretty dinner) with baby heirloom tomatoes. They are so pretty, it’s like eating a bowl of rainbows. This recipe is impossible to mess up.

    Nancy- You throw the basil in at the end when you mix the tomatoes with the pasta.

    Loved it! It was so fresh tasting that my husband didn’t miss his usual jarred sauce :)

    I made this last night and loved it. I will certainly try it again..and perhaps throw some veggies into the mix. I did have to add a bit of oil to my pasta when mixing the tomatoes in.

    I just made this and it turned out…less than delicious :(… i must have done something wrong, it tasted kind of bitter

    Might you have used a metal baking dish? It may have reacted with the acidity of the tomatoes.

    This recipe inspired me to to change up my spaghetti sauce recipe. I took my 20 pounds of tomatoes and cored them, sliced them in half and poured olive oil in a cookie sheet with a small lip on it. I sprinkled sea salt on liberally. I roasted them on my gas grill at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. When they have cooled a bit I squeezed out the extra juice and pulverized them in the cusinart. I roasted some sweet onions and garlic in the same manner and added them to the cusinart. At the end I tossed in some basil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. I then processed bottles of the sauce in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes. Yum! And Easy for alot of end of summer tomatoes.

    I can’t wait to try this Wednesday night! (my day off)

    A few years late, but glad to find this recipe tonight. One twist that takes the sauce in a different direction: add in a few anchovy filets before baking and then mix them in with the sauce over the noodles. Lovely.

    I made this last night, and it was delicious!! I even made the pasta using your recipe, and without a pasta making machine….a little more time consuming, especially to cut it, but it still came out awesome! The only question I have is that you mention basil in the list of ingredients, but in your directions I couldn’t find where to add it…I assume at the end? All your recipes that I have tried have been awesome…thanks for making me a better cook and baker!

    I made this last night, but with store-bought whole wheat pasta. The store-bought because I’m lazy the whole wheat because I had to run long-distance today. Anyway, the sauce part turned out really well (what more would I expect?) but the pasta sort of brought it down a notch, both due to its texture and some incidents with the stove and the pot of water. I’ll probably make this with white pasta sometime- I’m sure it’ll turn out amazingly well!

    Hey Deb, about to write about this (finally) on my site, and as I read through your post and looked at the Epicurious recipe page, realized that the last step of the recipe is omitted! As it reads in the book, in the final step, you remove the tomatoes from the oven, mash them with a fork, mixing the topping in with the tomatoes, drizzle in the remaining oil and throw in the torn basil leaves, then mix with the drained pasta. :) Do you even read comments this far back? Hi! xo

    Of course I do, lady! You’re kidding me. How funny that we didn’t even miss it. But I will update the recipe accordingly. Can’t wait to hear what charming things you have to say about it.

    I just made this the other night, but I roasted it with the basil (instructions didn’t say what to do with it, so I put it on top of the tomatoes). And once it was done, I added in a sliced roasted red onion, 2 small roasted zucchini – sliced, and some cooked ground Italian sausage. It was delightful! The sweetness of the roasted veggies against the slight tartness of cherry tomatoes – utterly addicting!

    Elegant in its simplicity. Love this roasted tomato sauce. And the pasta…well, don’t get me started. Simply amazing.

    I made this dish last night with fresh pasta and although I wanted to love it (I mean, what’s not to love?) it came out dreadfully dry. Did anyone else have this problem? Perhaps next time I’ll try to save some of the pasta water to make it more saucey but, for me, this one was rather a dud :(

    I made this yesterday with my last of the season cherry tomatoes but used regular pasta. I agree it was dry but it was pretty tasty anyway. Maybe you really need that 1/3 c. olive oil. I used a few tablespoons of the pasta water but of course it moistened the crunchy topping. I tossed the basil into the pasta and tomatoes as I mixed them up. I also decided to top with a few cubes of fresh mozzarella for serving, but mostly because I had some to use up. I like the idea of tossing in some onion and zukes for more veggies as well as moistness. Will try that next time.

    This dish was most excellent.

    I’m learning to cook and this site is inspiring. Thanks, Deb!

    with the weather warming up in philly (50s, almost tropical compared to the blizzard of 3 weeks ago), I was browsing your recipe list and this jumped out at me. I added some fresh chopped buffalo mozzarella and basil upon plating and OH MY GOD. spring/summer on a plate. going back from seconds now!

    Preparing this right now. Will advise outcome. Nephew graduating from HS next month and requested all-Italian fare, so I’m practicing. Cooking for 50 will be challenging, but this child is so worth it.

    OK. I did NOT have pecorino on hand so went with all Parmigano-Reggiano. Wow, wow, wow! I will definitely sprinkle one additional tablespoon of olive oil the next time. I’m truly impressed. Thank you.

    Just made this and LOVED it. so easy and a great way to use cherry tomatoes ( can never seem to find a way to use a whole pound) I used a parm/asiago/romano blend from trader joes . I love how the cheese and bread that fell between the tomatoes got all goey and crispy. YUM. Just discovered your site and am totally in love. Now im off to make your pop tarts :)

    I think this would be DELISH schmeared on a crusty, rustic grilled pizza, maybe with a few onions or leeks and prosciutto thrown on and a tad more melty cheese. Tad. I will try tonight…!!

    P.S. Just made a batch of oven-dried cherry tomatoes, same idea, longer in the oven, roast w/garlic and herbs, no crumbs/cheese. Each morsel is like a kick of major pizza flavor in your mouth! Willy Wonka should have been so clever.

    P.P.S. I let the halved tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, herbs, s&p sit in a bowl together while waiting for oven space to open up. When I’d finished putting the ‘maters on the pan, the juices left over in the bowl were like the MOST divine salad dressing I’d ever tasted! That was an accident, but one that went into an empty jar for my salad later :). Why has this never occurred to me? Ripe tomato juice is a perfect blend of sweet and acid for adding to dressings like that.

    Delicious! I made this recipe last night and served it with poached eggs instead of pasta … fantastic combination especially with the crunch of the breadcrumbs! Thanks for the fantastic recipe … cheers from my small BKLYN kitchen to yours!

    I made this for a house full of people this weekend and it was amazing. Made everyone forget about Thanksgiving just a few days earlier!

    I may be naive to cooking pasta. But do you cook the homemade pasta or do you just use it as is. I have never made it before. Please and thank you.

    Homemade pasta should be cooked before using.

    Hi! This might be a silly question, but why do you use all-purpose flour as opposed to durum flour?
    Love your site!!

    Availability. Also, I’ve never worked with durum flour, for the same reasons. Rarely, if ever, see it here outside specialty stores.

    Yummy….exactly as written. Full disclosure, used dried basil instead of fresh (sprinkled on tomatoes before cooking) and used tomatoes that were ready for the garbage bin. This preparation saved the tomatoes!

    yum, made the tomato part this evening and served it over polenta with roasted salmon! Those 1 lb crates at the market are so enticing, yet I never seem to finish them before they go bad. Not this time! I used a handful for salad a few days prior, and the rest for this dish. Sprinkled fresh basil over them right out of the oven. The slicing is a bit time-intensive, but the rest is easy peasy, and delicious!

    this was so awesome! i used a random assortment of tomatoes (a couple heirloom, some roma) from the ‘ugly’ bin at the farmer’s market. i also roasted some diced zuchinni and tossed that in after roasting the tomatoes. although i just served this over store-bought pasta (delicious!), i think it would be great served with eggplant or chicken parmesan.

    thanks for another fabulous recipe deb, i will definitely make this again. it’s perfect for entertaining or a low-key night at home :)

    this is one of my all-time favorites for easy and delicious meals. I make it at least once every two weeks. Thanks.

    This recipe is one that I keep coming back to again and again. Very inexpensive,but oh so delicious. Thank you for all your fantastic recipes and I wish you nothing but the best!

    So delicious and fresh tasting. This would taste amazing piled on a piece of crusty bread.

    Made this sauce for dinner with friends (used dry whole wheat Conchiglie pasta). A week after that dinner we meet again and they told me “they cannot stop thinking about this sauce and that it is the best pasta dish they have ever eaten”

    This has become one of our all time favorites and great for dinner with friends. Minor changes – adding the Parmesan at the end rather than in the oven – the result was lighter. make sure you flour the pasta sheets well between stages, this makes the process so easy as they don’t stick together. Matching a wine to this turned out to be a huge challenge – I’m no great connoisseur, but everything we tried just tasted so wrong until we came across an Italian semi-dry bubbly that worked perfectly. enjoy!

    One of my favorite recipes on your site! According to the original recipe, the final instructions should be:

    “When the tomatoes are done, add the basil and stir vigorously to mix everything into a sauce. Drain the pasta and immediately transfer it to the baking dish. Add the remaining olive oil and mix well. Serve at once.”

    Loved this. So flavourful. Made the pasta in my Cuisinart and used the Kitchen Aid pasta attachment to roll it. I liked the homemade pasta recipe better than the one I have been using for years. Added the basil which is called for in the original recipe by Nancy Harmon Jenkins. Two of us managed to eat it all, so we would have to double the recipe for company, or behave ourselves.

    Just wanted to note this is one of my favorite recipes! I add some anchovies to the bread crumb mix (and don’t add salt) and roast it with the tomatoes, I also tend to use Parmesan cheese and Panko bread crumbs and am very generous with the basil at the end. Delicious every time and such a quick and easy dinner to make.

    Made this sauce the other night for 6 people. Doubled the recipe and it was a hit! I sauteed shrimp with garlic, onion, little white wine and combined the two over angel hair pasta. It was so delicious! I think the breadcrumb mixture on top is what makes it so special and different.

    I can’t wait to make this (happening tomorrow night) – all of my favorite things in one dish!!

    I’ve been reading Smitten Kitchen for years, but rarely (if ever) have posted a comment. But this is one of my weekly go-to recipes, so I had to rave! I have been making this for at least seven years now and never grow tired of it! For the past few years, I usually make it with zoodles instead of pasta (in an attempt to be slightly healthier, haha), and it’s one of my favorites! Thanks, Deb!

    Ok, this might be a very dumb. strange question, but I have a huge basket full of heirloom tomatoes from the market, but no cherry tomatoes… can I still try to make this? And if so, do I need to change anything, It looks so delicious !!
    Thank YOU !

    I think I’d like to strain the skins out with a foley mill before adding the cheese, etc.

    I can’t believe I finally discovered this gem 10 years after you posted. It is a fabulous recipe! I’ve made it 4 times in the last 3 weeks! I added roasted chicken once and last night some sautéed shrimp, onions and mushrooms!
    I add some of the pasta water.
    Love this recipe, Deb, and grape tomatoes are great all year. I’ll be making this all winter!

    I came across a version of this years ago in Diane Rossen Worthington’s Seriously Simple. It’s one of my favorite pasta dishes. The leftovers make a great pasta salad for lunch the next day. I like it with lots of tomatoes so I do 3/4 pound of pasta to 1 1/2 pounds of cherry tomatoes.

    If the main point of baking the tomatoes in the oven is browning the topping, would it be possible to avoid using the oven by microwaving the tomato element of the dish – except for the breadcrumbs, which could be toasted in a frying pan?

    In a prolonged heatwave like the one we’re having in the UK, oven cooking really doesn’t appeal!

    If the main point of baking the tomatoes in the oven is browning the topping, would it be possible to avoid using the oven by microwaving the tomato element of the dish – except for the breadcrumbs, which could be toasted in a frying pan?

    In a prolonged heatwave like the one we’re having in the UK, oven cooking really doesn’t appeal!

    Made this last night and it was AMAZING. SO easy for a weeknight meal. whole family loved it. this will be on high rotation in our house while the tomatoes are in season.

    I made this today – so easy and delicious! Quick question – can you freeze this? Would it taste funny/pasta be too limp after reheating?

    Made this tonight with store bought tomatoes and I can’t wait until the ones in my garden are ripe! The 6 year old went back for more twice and even my 3 year old cleaned her plate. Great summer dish!

    Wonderful recipe and good use of all my cherry tomatoes- thanks for sharing it

    I made this with cracker crumbs (round butter crackers, about half a stack) instead of bread crumbs. It was great! It will definitely go into our summer rotation.

    Just wanted to share that I made this using a little more cheese/panko topping and then I let it cool after roasting and refrigerated it with the intent of using it as the start of a pasta salad the next day. Next day: I’m by myself and it’s too hot to boil a big pot of water, so I cut a big intact square out of the pan and made myself a SANDWICH with it. Toasted pumpernickel, roasted tomato and crispy cheese/panko, sliced hard boiled egg and some mayo. YUM! Highly recommend!

    Delicious and easy. I mistakenly stirred tomatoes in the baking dish with the crumb/garlic/cheese mixture, but it didn’t seem to cause any complication.

    Let me just take this opportunity to THANK YOU for teaching me to roast cherry tomatoes. They are amazingly flavorful and their addition has improved many a meal. Haven’t made this recipe since I quit cooking with oil a few years ago, but will try it this week. I will use broth instead of oil which works terrifically well with most recipes and maybe will here.

    This was so good and so easy! Will be making this again and again.

    Just made for 2nd time in 2 weeks with tomatoes and basil from our garden. Luscious yet light – to quote my son, “This tastes like summer!” Thank you for this keeper!

    I second the question about using tomatoes other than cherry tomatoes… what do you think? Would it work? I made this recipe circa 2011 and just found it again on your site (love me that Surprise Me! Button) and wondered it’d worked with my garden tomatoes (that still need to ripen some in the sill because damn squirrels! Let a tomato turn red and it’ll have a big ol bite out of it!)

    Sure — it just takes longer to bake, but they can be halved and treated as you do the baby ones.

    I made this last night with garden tomatoes. Worked great. It seemed like my tomatoes had more surface area than the recommended cherry tomatoes once cut, so I doubled the topping. Worked great!! Extra breadcrumbs and cheese never hurt. Not sure how many lbs of tomatoes I had though. I just used as many as covered the bottom of the 9吉 dish. Thanks!

    Fast, easy, and delicious! Added some steamed asparagus for more veggies. Can’t wait to try anchovies as recommended above. Going into rotation!

    In case anyone was curious, I made this vegan-style for my SIL. I just upped the amount of bread crumbs, and went a little heavy on the salt. I think it was very good, but i wish i had had some good parm to sprinkle on top of mine.

    This was so yummy! Fresh local tomatoes and basil from the farmers market. I saved a cup of pasta water that I added while stirring the pasta & basil into the tomatoes. I probably used 3/4 C of that water.

    We love this dish — and we add capers to it. Thought I’d mention this in case others would also enjoy!

    How do I print the recipe you highlight today ! I get your emails but don’t know how to print the recipes.

    Recipe Summary

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubed
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped, or to taste
    • ½ cup red cooking wine
    • 1 (28 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes
    • 8 ounces small seashell pasta
    • 5 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

    Heat the olive oil in a large skillet with a lid over medium heat, and cook and stir the chicken and garlic until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, 5 to 8 minutes. Pour the wine and diced tomatoes with their juice into the skillet, and bring to a boil over high heat while scraping any browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.

    Stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the shells have cooked through, but are still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Spread the spinach over the top of the pasta, cover, and simmer until the spinach leaves are cooked, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly over the skillet, and simmer until the cheese has melted and the pasta is bubbling, about 5 minutes.

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    This is one of the easiest pasta sauces I know and I often use it as a fall-back when I don&rsquot have much time but want a substantial meal.

    1 dried red chilli, crushed

    A small handful of rosemary leaves, chopped

    2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

    400g/14oz Italian sausages

    2 tomatoes, roughly chopped

    A handful of grated Parmesan

    1 ball of fresh mozzarella

    A couple of handfuls of fresh oregano leaves or 1 tsp dried oregano

    Bash the fennel seeds, chilli and rosemary in a pestle and mortar until ground and nicely combined. Heat a splash of olive oil in your largest frying pan, and add the garlic. When it begins to colour and becomes sticky, add the fennel mixture, stir for a moment, then squeeze the sausage meat out of the skins and into the pan. Fry until the meat colours, then break it up a little with a spoon.

    Stir in the white wine and cook until it reduces. Add the tomatoes, then turn the heat down.

    Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain, keeping back some of the cooking water.

    Stir the pasta through the sausage sauce, then add the Parmesan and a little cooking water if it needs loosening. Tear over the mozzarella and sprinkle over the oregano. Stir everything once, then transfer to warm plates and serve.

    Spaghetti Alla Carbonara recipe

    Spaghetti is a staple food for Italians.

    Few of the ingredients to cook spaghetti alla carbonara are Spaghetti, smoked pancetta or smoked bacon, olive oil, parmesan and egg yolks. Spaghetti alla carbonara is very easy and quick to cook. And at the same time, it is also one of the most exotic dishes.

    What is Carbonara?: Rome is the birthplace of carbonara. Since the name is derived from carbonaro the Italian word for charcoal burner. Carbonara is usually made with pancetta, black pepper, hard cheese and eggs.

    Pasta alla carbonara has been popular since the Second World War. But the modern form this dish became popular in the 20th century.

    Usually, the combination of parmigniano and pecorino cheese are used to make spaghetti. The more common pastas used are bucatini, fettuccine or rigatoni.

    Smoked bacon is used most commonly outside Italy but one can even use pancetta or guanciale.

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    Photography by Sanjay Ramchandran


    300 gm Spaghetti
    200 gm Smoked pancetta/smoked bacon
    1 tbsp Olive oil
    100 gm Parmesan – freshly grated
    100 ml Water
    8 no Egg yolks
    To taste Salt
    ½ tbsp Crushed black pepper
    2 tbsp Flat leaf parsley – chopped
    1tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
    8 no Pancetta slices/grilled bacon slices (garnish)

    Cut pancetta/smoked bacon into matchstick size pieces.

    Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and sweat the pancetta over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until they become crisp.

    Meanwhile, boil the spaghetti in boiling, salted water.
    Add approximately 200 ml of the boiling water used to blanch the pasta to the pancetta and bring it up to simmer.
    This aids in formation of sauce.

    Once the spaghetti is ready, drain and slide into the pan with the parmesan cheese and chopped parsley and cook for a minute stirring continuously.
    Season it with salt and crushed black pepper.
    Remove the pan from the heat and spoon in the broken egg yolks all over the surface in a circular motion.
    Toss quickly to coat the pasta strands uniformly.
    This has to be done very quickly to avoid the egg yolks from coagulating and taking away the smoothness of the sauce.

    Finish with a swirl of extra virgin olive oil and give it one final toss.
    Serve it hot.

    Recipe by Chef Abhijit Saha. Content featured on Prismma Interior Design India Lifestyle Magazine in the Chefs Corner segment

    How to Make Stuffed Shells

    1. Start off by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Add 1/2 cup of pasta sauce to the bottom of a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish. Spread the sauce over the bottom of the pasta, and then set aside for later.
    2. After that, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Generously season the water with salt and then add in the pasta shells. Cook the pasta according to the package directions until they’re al dente. Once cooked, drain the pasta.
    3. While the shells are cooking, get the filling all mixed up!
    4. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, cooked chicken, egg, dried parsley, dried oregano, salt, and pepper until combined.
    5. Once the pasta is cool enough to handle, use your fingers to open a shell. Use a large spoon to add some of the filling until the shell is full, but not overflowing – about 2-3 tablespoons.
    6. Place the filled shell into your prepared baking dish. Continue filling shells until the filling is all used up and the baking dish is full.
    7. Top the shells with more pasta sauce, being sure to get some on all the shells. Then sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese all over the pasta.
    8. Cover the pan loosely with foil and place it in the hot oven. Bake the shells for 35 minutes.
    9. Remove the baking dish from your oven and carefully remove the foil. (Watch for the steam!) Sprinkle a little more parsley on top and you’re ready to serve!

    If you want to get that golden bubbly cheese on top, return your baking dish to the oven after removing the foil. Turn you oven to broil and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes. Keep an eye on the cheese, you want it golden… not burnt.

    What are stuffed shells called?

    The actual pasta used for this dish is called conchiglioni. Pronounced con-keel-yay-oh-nee. It’s a larger version of conchiglie – the smaller pasta shells that are typically used for pasta salad or macaroni and cheese. The term conchiglie means “conch shells” and these shells totally remind me of them.

    This shell shape of the pasta helps the sauce adhere to it and allows you to stuff it with all kinds of yummy fillings!

    What’s the difference between manicotti and stuffed shells?

    Manicotti is a long, tube-like pasta. The term manicotti means “little muffs” like the old school hand-warming clothing item. This pasta is usually stuffed with a ricotta based filling.

    Stuffed shells, on the other hand, use conchiglioni pasta. They get stuffed with everything from spinach and ricotta to ground beef in red sauce and even taco meat with cheddar cheese and toppings!

    What goes with stuffed shells?

    My family loves a green salad with Italian dressing and some garlic bread with these chicken stuffed pasta shells. (Double carbs!) Some Italian sausages, Sunday gravy (AKA red meat sauce), and yellow squash casserole are all great options too.

    That being said, these shells are totally a stand-alone meal. Completely delicious all by themselves for lunch or dinner. They reheat wonderfully, and if you make a double batch, you can freeze half for later!

    Simply transfer the frozen pan to the fridge the morning before to thaw, and then bake until warmed through and the cheese is melted (about 45 mins).