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Two Peas and Their Pod: Pasta with Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Artichokes, Zucchini, and Roasted Red Peppers

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pasta with Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Artichokes, Zucchini, and Roasted Red Peppers

Our tomato plants didn't do that well this year, but our cherry tomato plant surprised us a few weeks ago. The plant was loaded with little red tomatoes. I like popping cherry tomatoes into my mouth for a healthy snack, but I saved these little red guys for slow roasted tomatoes.

I cut the tomatoes in half and placed them on a baking sheet. I added a little olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and fennel. I roasted them in the oven on 225 degrees for about 4 hours. I turned about every 30 minutes or so. The house smelled amazing!

I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. They freeze really well, but I was too excited to use them. I decided to make whole wheat pasta with slow roasted tomatoes, artichokes, zucchini, and roasted red peppers. The slow roasted tomatoes made this pasta dish extra special. The tomatoes were so flavorful and delicious. I will be making this meal again. One of my new favorites and Josh loved it too.

If you haven't tried slow roasting tomatoes, I encourage you to do so and soon. They have the best flavor and are so good in soups, pasta dishes, sauces, etc. I used cherry tomatoes, but Roma tomatoes work really well. If you want to read a detailed post about slow roasted tomatoes, visit Kalyn's Kitchen.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Artichokes,
Zucchini, and Roasted Red Peppers

Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Seasonings-I used dried basil, fennel, and oregano

Whole wheat pasta, I used rigatoni
Olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
Red pepper flakes
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 red pepper, roasted, and chopped
1 1/2 cups slow roasted cherry tomatoes
Artichoke hearts, I used bottled, just drain them
Fresh basil, chopped
Parmesan cheese, optional

1. First, slow roast the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes in half and put them on a baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and seasonings. Roast for about 4 hours on 225 degrees. Turn them about every 30 minutes or so. Tomatoes will shrivel and smell really good. You can let them cool and freeze them or you can use them immediately.

2. To make the pasta dish. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add salt and the whole wheat pasta of your choice. I used rigatoni. Cook until al dente.

3. Drain pasta and set aside.

4. In a large pan, heat about 1 T of olive oil. Add in onion and cook until tender. Next, add in garlic, a dash of red pepper flakes, and a dash of fennel. Cook for 2 minutes.

5. Stir in the zucchini, roasted red pepper, roasted cherry tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. Saute until veggies are tender and hot.

6. Stir in fresh basil and add the pasta. Mix until the pasta is fully coated with the sauce.

7. Serve hot. Add fresh basil and parmesan cheese to the pasta if you wish.

You might also like these recipes:
Slow-Roasted Tomato Bruschetta from The Perfect Pantry
Slow Roasted Tomato Hummus from Andrea's Recipes
Slow Roasted Tomato Dressing from A Veggie Venture

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Blogger Erica said...

mmmm nothing like cherry tomatoes! This pasta dish looks just perfect- a great combination of flavors.

4:30 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

This pasta looks fantastic! I love all of those veggies! Our grape tomato plant was giving nothing all summer and then in September we had a million little tomatoes! I've never slow-roasted tomatoes before, but I'd love to try it.

4:30 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

If only my hubby liked tomatoes! I still use them anyway, but he hates them.
I haven't ever tried them slow-roasted. They look fabulous and I can just imagine how delicious they smelled.
This pasta looks great.

5:12 AM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

Yum yum this is my kind of pasta dish it looks beautiful and I love your choice of veggies, especially slow raosting them.

5:50 AM  
Blogger kat said...

That sounds just wonderful! & so colorful too

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Lindsay said...

Yum this dish looks great- I love the roasted tomatoes!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

These look great! I will have to try them soon. :-)

7:12 AM  
Blogger Divina Pe said...

Very colorful. I love all the veggies on this pasta.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

What a gorgeous, hearty cold weather meal! I love the tomatoes--it's a great way to really bring out their flavor.

8:08 AM  
Blogger grace said...

two of my favorite things to roast are peppers and tomatoes, so i think this is a fabulous dish. heck, the pasta isn't even a necessity. :)

8:16 AM  
Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

It looks like your tomatoes turned out great! I think slow roasted tomatoes are so wonderful. Next year I'm going to plant some San Marzano tomatoes so I can roast those (I keep hearing how wonderful they are.) The pasta looks delicious!

8:30 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

looks delicious! I love slow roasting tomatoes :)

8:30 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

oh gosh that looks good! i love roasted veggies!

9:08 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

What a lovely recipe, Maria. You've made me hungry.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Healthy, hearty and so delicious!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I really need to try this! I love sun dried tomatoes. I'm sure I'd love this too!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am not a huge fan of pasta, but that looks like a yummy dish!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

I am so excited to use my slow roasted tomatoes. This sounds great!

11:14 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

I love slow roasted tomatoes - delicious pasta!

11:44 AM  
Blogger Ferni's Food said...

Yum you know I would have never thought to do that before seeing this post. That sounds like a really good idea I am sure they taste so much better that way. A good recipe for the weekend since it takes a while. Thank you : )

12:02 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

That is a bowl full of goodness right there!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Yum! All these great pasta recipes are popping up for fall!

12:47 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Love the sound of it all and I have everything it has in it right now. Bummer that it's my son's birthday and we're having chicken tenders for dinner. There's always tomorrow. ;)

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slow roasted tomatoes are the bomb! Your pasta looks delish!

3:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love slow-roasted tomatoes. That pasta looks fabulous!

5:42 PM  
Blogger Hilary said...

I love your recipes, and just left you an award over at my are probably an award free zone, but it is the thought that counts.

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pasta sounds really wonderful especially with the delicious slow roasted tomatoes, fabulous!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Tiffiny Felix said...

sigh yum....I need some of that...

7:37 PM  
Blogger Claire Mercado-Obias said...

This looks so good!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a great way to save summer's bounty. I've never tried doing anything with tomatoes except canning them. I'll need to try these next year.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Ooh, very healthy! I love the sweetness of roasted tomatoes- I just wish I had a plant I could just pluck them out of! :)

8:02 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

sounds like a healthy and hearty dinner to me :)

8:13 AM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

This sounds delicious, Maria, and the colors are beautiful! This is exactly the kind of pasta dish my family would love.

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Patricia said...

I love slow roasted tomatoes. I like to roast some just to have around sometimes (I wound up making soup last time).
Our tomato plants did pretty well until about a month ago when someone left the fence open and the deer got to the garden... :)

9:19 AM  
Blogger Aggie said...

My tomatoes didn't do well either...but my cherry tomatoes did! funny!

This pasta looks awesome! I'm loving all the veggies....especially those slow roasted tomatoes!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

ooh, slow roasted tomatoes... yum :)

11:35 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

i love the tomatoes, this looks like such a healthy and delicious dish!

11:54 AM  
Blogger Stash said...

I love slow-roasted tomatoes and frequently use them in dishes that go beyond pasta.

Here are some suggestions to get the ball rolling:

* Use in an omelette with chevre, goat cheese or smoked salmon;

* Simmer beans along with mirepoix and herbs in chicken broth; top with roasted tomatoes and chopped greens;

* Serve over corn pancakes and a dollop of fromage blanc;

* Use in a tomato tart -- pre-bake a tart shell, then layer roasted tomatoes and tomato confit, scatter herbs and drizzle with a little olive oil. Cut into wedges and serve with a side salad for a light lunch or dinner.

* Spoon atop toast points that have been rubbed with garlic, as mini-bruschetta

The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

I absolutely love roasted tomatoes, especially in pasta and on pizza!

7:05 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

A pasta with all my favorite vegetables, how divine! Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you again! I will add you to my favorites.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

OK that looks freaking amazing. I love tomatoes and pasta. Yum!

10:38 PM  
Blogger Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This sounds so incredibly flavourful. I can just taste the roasted tomatoes now...never mind that it is 4 AM...never mind that I am even up at 4 AM:D

3:56 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Wow, that's quite a pasta dish. Can I have some, um, now? I want to dig in.

4:02 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I've been wanting to try slow roasted tomatos but haven't, yet! :) Seems to me that roasting, whether slow or fast, makes most veggies taste sensational!
Love the pasta dish!

7:53 AM  
Blogger The Food Hunter said...

I wish I had some of this pasta right now. It looks really good.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Right up my alley. I have been wanting to slow roast tomatoes so it must be done now.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous thymian said...

First of all I would like to say thank you because you have given long description so it would be very easy to understand and very easy to make also. I made it yesterday only and my kids like it so much even my wife too.

5:44 AM  
Blogger PG said...

This is my kind of meal! I really want to try slow-roasting tomatoes too.

11:21 AM  

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