This weeks recipe for Craving Ellie in My Belly caused quite a stir as it was chosen by Ellie Krieger herself. I was so excited to make this, as it was right up my ally: who can go wrong with pasta, garlic and tomatoes?
We were given an option of roasting our own tomatoes or using a can of roasted tomatoes for the sauce. Since I couldn’t find canned roasted tomatoes I opted for making my own, also added some garlic cloves to the roasting dish mixed them in with the pesto. This dish is so easy to put together and the small bite I tasted was wonderful! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to enjoy a whole plate as my last wisdom tooth was extracted today and I now have a gaping hole in the back of my mouth with 3 stitches. I froze it all and am sure that I’ll enjoy the spaghetti later this week! I loved the taste and the smell and think I might even be able to convince E. to give this a try!
Olive oil cooking spray
1 1/3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cored, seeded and quartered (about 6 medium) or 1 15 ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
1/3 cup blanched sliced almonds
1 medium clove of garlic
1/3 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 pound Whole Grain Spaghetti (note: I like Barilla)
If using fresh tomtatoes, Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking tray with cooking spray. Place the tomatoes on the tray and roast in the oven for 30 minutes, until they are soft and slightly charred. When the tomatoes are nearly done, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
In a medium dry skillet, toast the almonds over a medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until they are golden and fragrant, 3-4 minutes.
Transfer the nuts to a food processor, add the garlic and process until they are finely ground. Add the roasted or canned tomatoes, basil, vinegar and pepper flakes to the processor. As the processor is running, drizzle in the olive oil in a steady stream. Add the parmesan cheese and ¼ teaspoon salt and pulse to combine.
Add the pasta to the water and cook according to the directions on the package. Drain and return the pasta to the pasta pot or to a serving bowl. Add the sauce and toss to combine. Season with additional salt to taste. Serve garnished with whole basil leaves.
Makes 6 servings
Serving size: 1 ¼ cups
Prep time: 12 minutes
Cooking time: 36 minutes