The days are longer and hotter. Dusk holds on to the last warm rays, squeezing out every drop of light until there is none left. These times are for simple suppers that are a pleasure to prepare with no oven involved. Just a few fresh ingredients and a chilled bottle of wine for a June Saturday evening.
A couple of pints of cherry tomatoes, freshly cut basil and shallots are the basics of this recipe for “Stove-Top Slow-Roasted Tomato-Basil Sauce with Fresh Ricotta Cavatelli”.
I wandered into Lazzaroli’s Pasta & Italian Market last week seeking an idea for supper. I bought three types of pasta including this freshly made Ricotta Cavatelli. This little rolled pasta, which is like a dumpling, has just the right shape to hold the sauce while on its way to your mouth.
The two pints of cherry tomatoes were left over from a photo shoot the week before…various kinds all mixed together which I cut in half.
Diced shallots slow-roasted over low heat in a splash of good olive oil until almost caramelized to which I added the tomatoes.
After a half hour of pan roasting I added the fresh basil leaves, a pinch of salt & black pepper.
Tossed with the fresh Ricotta Cavatelli and Parmigiano Reggiano, a crusty loaf for sopping and a chilled Italian white made an ideal warm weather supper.
“Buon Appetito Y’all”
Stove-Top Slow-Roasted Tomato-Basil Sauce with Ricotta Cavatelli
- 3 Tbsp good quality olive oil
- 3 shallots, small dice
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 2 pints ripe cherry tomatoes, cut in half saving the juices
- sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup water or broth
- 8 ounces Cavatelli (or similar pasta)
- freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- Heat olive oil over medium-low heat in a heavy pan. Add shallots & garlic. Leave on heat, stirring every now and then until shallots are almost softened.
- Add cherry tomato halves to pan and stir to coat with oil. Turn heat to low. Leave on heat for about 30 minutes, stirring often. The tomatoes will begin to “melt” creating a sauce. Add 1/4 cup water or broth and continue cooking stirring often while you cook the pasta.
- Bring a pan of salted water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add Cavatelli and stir. Cook for about 8 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Drain pasta in a colander.
- To the sauce add a handful of roughly chopped fresh basil leaves stirring to blend.Remove pan from heat.
- Add drained pasta to the pan of sauce. Stir gently to coat the pasta with the sauce, adding some of the pasta water if need be to thin it out.
- Serve with a generous dusting of fresh Parmigiano.
Note: This was just one of the best and easy sauces I have ever made. The perfect pasta storm.
Recipe: Teresa Blackburn June 2015