Tiny Kitchen Series: Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta 小廚房 大料理: 小番茄義大利麵

For the past few months, I’ve been working really long hours, and sometimes not even getting home until after 8 pm at night.  By then, I’m usually exhausted and starving, so I just buy a bento and eat it half heartedly before crashing to bed.  After a few weeks of this, I’m noticing that it’s having such a negative effect on my lifestyle, and I want change!  As I mentioned in this previous post, lately, I’ve been trying to make more active use of my kitchen. Even though it’s super tiny, it’s still adequate enough to cook and bake. I thought I would start a new series, “Tiny Kitchen” to document my latest adventures cooking (and baking here).  It always helps me to have a concrete (yet realistic!) goal in mind, so my goals are to make dinners at least twice a week for the next month. This pasta is the first in the series, and it was inspired by a box of cherry tomatoes that I received in my weekly fruit box delivery.  In Taiwan, cherry tomatoes  are a fruit. However, I personally consider them to be a vegetable, and thought they would be perfect for a quick, yet satisfying dinner. A quick search on the internet, and I was in luck.  How can you resist a recipe with this description? “Juicy sweet cherry tomatoes burst open in warm olive oil, creating a luxuriously silky sauce that comes together in minutes”.

最近的生活只能用一個字來形容。 就是: 忙 。很多晚上都加班到8點多才回家。一到家就在附近隨便買個便當或是麵包 吃完就差不多想睡覺了。 我其實很不喜歡這樣! 所以想從些小小的調整還有改變開始。 雖然我家廚房不大 但其實是方便;該有的設備都有, 可以舒服的做菜還有烘培的。 我下定決心~ 要每一個禮拜至少有兩天, 在家吃晚餐 ~ 而且是吃自己做的菜!

這次做的菜真的超級簡單的。 小番茄是果物配這一週送來的  看到番茄, 我就會想吃義大利麵! 一下是世上最簡單的番茄義大利麵作法。PS- 在我廚房最常用的小刀就是這個瑞士番茄刀 (除了切番茄以外 也很適合切麵包)

By the way, there is actually a knife by Victorinox, made especially for slicing tomatoes!  This knife is one of the most often used knives in my kitchen, so handy for slicing tomatoes, and bread, actually.

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I used the Epicurous recipe as a rough guide~ I’ve included the entire recipe for you at the end of the post, if you would like exact measurements.  Since I only have one burner in my tiny kitchen, I find that it’s always helpful to go over all the steps in my head first. This time,  I boiled water, and cooked my pasta first.  Then I transferred the pasta to a big bowl, and started cooking the tomatoes.

Out of sheer laziness, I used the same pan to heat up some olive oil.  Then I added garlic, and the sliced cherry tomatoes.

因為廚房小, 只有一個爐子, 所以要先想好步驟再開始比較不會手慢腳亂。 首先 我把義大利麵煮好, 放在一邊。 再來因為懶得再洗一個鍋子, 直接把橄欖油倒進鍋子, 加了切好的大蒜 還有番茄 慢慢加熱。(我還加了一點鹽跟糖來調味)

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In just a few minutes, the tomatoes will start bursting. I added some salt, and a pinch of sugar.

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The tomatoes are ready when they look like this!  番茄差不多好的時候, 會是這樣! 再把煮好的義大利麵加進來 讓麵吸收番茄的湯汁。 然後就可以擺盤了!

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I popped the pasta back in the pan to absorb some of the tomato juices, and then it was ready to plate and serve!  I added a sprinkle of parmesan, and a few leaves of basil. (Note on the basil: I always avoided buying it in the supermarkets because it came in a huge bag, that I could never finish using in time.  This time, I went to a traditional market and just asked them to give me $10 NTD’s worth of basil. It more than enough for about 3-4 servings of this pasta. And much cheaper than buying it at a supermarket)

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Enjoy!

Recipe from Epicurous.com

Serves 4–6 | Active Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

1 pound pasta
Kosher salt
1/2 cup olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 pints cherry tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of sugar
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
Freshly grated Parmesan (for serving)

PREPARATION

  • Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high.
  • Add garlic, then tomatoes, pepper, sugar, and 1 tsp. salt.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes burst and release their juices to form a sauce, 6–8 minutes.
  • Toss pasta with tomato sauce and basil. Top with Parmesan

 

(This was not a sponsored post.  I paid for all items in this post with my own money.  All experiences and viewpoints expressed are my own) 

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5 comments

  1. Cherry tomato pasta is one of my go-to recipes as well! I usually use onion instead of garlic, if you like onions give it a try 🙂
    To solve the problem of having just a single burner you could try what in English I think it’s called one-pot pasta. In Italian we call it ‘pasta risottata’, which means, pasta cooked the way risotto is. First you prepare the sauce and then you add pasta in the same pot and cook it adding constantly a few tablespoons of water or broth. The result is a very intensely flavoured pasta dish!

    • Hi Julia, thanks for the tip! I’ll make sure and try it next time and let you know how it turns out. Risotto is next on my list… I’ve never tried making it before, so it’s a new challenge for 2017. 🙂 Happy New Year!

      • i’ve heard of one pot pasta dishes, but have been reluctant to try it myself because i don’t like the idea of not being able to drain away the starchy pasta water. risotto would be a different story though 😀


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