Recipe: Fast, tasty, easy family pasta

Recipe: Fast, tasty, easy family pasta

Fast, easy, tasty - what more can you ask for of recipes the whole family will love? Claire and Lucy McDonald have got it sorted



  1. Heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. First, roast the tomatoes. Cut them in half, toss them with olive oil and salt and pepper in a bowl, so they are evenly coated, and then spread them out in a lined roasting tin. (We have only just started making the effort to line roasting tins and it does make washing up much easier.)
  3. Roast them until they are lightly charred and sweet – about 40 minutes.
  4. Around 10 minutes before you want to
    eat, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain it, reserving a ladleful of cooking water for the sauce. Transfer back to the saucepan and keep warm.
  5. When the tomatoes are roasted, add them to the pasta with the pine nuts, half the Parmesan and the ladleful of the pasta water.
  6. Stir until everything is evenly coated, tear the basil and add it to the pan with some salt and pepper. Serve with the remaining Parmesan cheese.

Serves 4

  • 500g cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil 400g pasta (penne is nice)
  • 50g toasted pine nuts
  • 100g grated Parmesan cheese
  • Basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Tip: Roasting the tomatoes gives them a sweet smokiness. The bursts of sweet cherry tomatoes are wonderful, but you could use bigger tomatoes, chopped.

Recipe courtesy of: The Crumbs Family Cookbook


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