Sunday, July 3, 2011

Pasta with Mascarpone and Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Look, I'm going to cut to the chase here- this is good. Not just good, but great. Like, "OH MAN! Give me more!" great. I kind of assumed it would be, I mean, the ingredients are all amazing and it's hard to combine amazing ingredients in a simple manner and get gross food so I had high hopes to begin with. It was creamy but not heavy which is really an amazing thing. I am not a fan of super heavy meals so when I tried this I was thrilled to see that it had all the flavor of a creamy cheesy dish without that feeling of food sitting like a rock in your stomach. Plus if you've read my blog you know my obsession with roasted tomatoes- they have such a deep flavor. If you are looking for an easy pasta dish try this, I assure you you'll be glad!

Source: Adapted from Pink Parsley, originally from Gourmet
Serves 3

1 pint grape tomatoes
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Garlic powder
1/2 pound pasta, such as shells
3/4 cup mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup chicken broth or white wine
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Chives, diced small

1- Preheat the oven to 350. Line a small oven-safe dish with tin foil. Lay the tomatoes in the dish, drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through.
2- Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to directions. Reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta water for the sauce.
3- In a mixing bowl, pour the roasted tomatoes and olive oil in, mashing the tomatoes with a fork or potato masher until broken up. Stir in the mascarpone cheese, broth (or wine) and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Stir well. Slowly add the pasta water, as needed, until smooth but not runny.
4- Toss in the pasta. Stir.
5- Pour the pasta into an oven safe dish, topping with the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
6- Top with chives, serve hot.


  1. This looks awesome! I love the idea of using broth/wine in the sauce-- I am sure that kept it on the lighter side. Thanks for the good recipe!

  2. Perfect summer time meal!

  3. This looks SO yummy! Next meal I'm making in our house!

  4. Making this now, looks delicious, smells delicious and pretty sure it's going to taste delicious too! =)