Pasta and Roasted Tomatoes with Herbs

Pasta, Brazilian Food, cooking

This recipe is fantastic! It is easy, prepares in 30 min or less and is so flavorful. The aroma of the roasted fresh tomatoes and herbs will make your mouth water, It is a very light dish and mainly vegetarian but you can kick this recipe with some prosciutto or bacon for the meat lovers.

Cooking in Brazil, I would roast Roma tomatoes cut into quarters but I substituted to grape or cherry tomatoes. They are sweeter and it saves a step!

Ingredients:
1 Pkg of pasta of your choice( Rigatoni, Penne, Moatacioli )
1 lb Red grape tomatoes
1 lb Golden grape tomatoes
Olive Oil
2 tsp Herbs the Provence
1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste.
A bunch of fresh basil chopped
6 slices of prosciutto( optional)*

Directions:
1) Heat oven to 375 F.
2) Cook pasta according to pkg directions, drain and set aside.
3) Place tomatoes  in a rectangular Pyrex dish. Drizzle about 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle herbs the Provence and salt and pepper to taste. Make sure all tomatoes are well coded with oil and herbs. Set in oven for 20 min.
3) Meanwhile, cook prosciutto  until crispy, drain on paper  towel and crumble them.  If  using ready- made bacon, just heat in microwave for 30 sec, pat dry and chop pinto small pieces,
4) When tomatoes are ready, place pasta in to a large elegant bowl, add the tomatoes with herbs and all the liquid that formed, add a bunch of fresh basil, Asiago cheese and gently toss.
5) Garnish with more fresh basil and and prosciutto or bacon if using them.

* Prosciutto is Italian bacon it is not smoked but you can use regular smoked bacon or even turkey bacon.

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