Recipe: Fast, tasty, easy family pasta

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

Method:

✦ Heat the oven to 180°C.

✦ 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.)

✦ Roast them until they are lightly charred and sweet – about 40 minutes.

✦ 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.

✦ When the tomatoes are roasted, add them to the pasta with the pine nuts, half the Parmesan and the ladleful of the pasta water.

✦ 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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