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September 4, 2008

Tomato Week 2008: Fresh Tomato Pasta Topper

Fresh Tomato Pasta Topper

Making a Fresh Tomato Pasta Topper is a breeze and so much better than most sauces out of the bottle! (And trust me I'm beyond bored with sauce as I've mentioned before! ;oP) You can mix and match ingredients/herbs and it can be different every time, or you can follow a basic recipe and have a fabulous, delicious, dependable meal in no time! Pair the topper with some whole grain pasta (in this case I used gluten free corn pasta) and you've got a healthy, satisfying meal in no time!


What You'll Need For Two People:
1 cup of cooked whole grain pasta
Extra virgin olive oil
3-4 asparagus spears, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
2-3 button mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups of chopped tomato (Note: I used tomatoes that were roughly the size of golf balls and quartered them.)
A pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
Shredded Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese

Fresh Tomato Pasta Topper: Cooking

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.

While pasta is cooking in a large skillet sauté asparagus, shallot, mushroom and garlic in a little extra virgin olive oil until asparagus and mushrooms are tender and the shallots are slightly caramelized. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper and herbs and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until tomatoes are just soft. Remove from heat and serve over whole grain pasta. Top with a little shredded cheese and serve immediately.

Notes: Any vegetable you like is great in this. Squash and zucchini make great additions, as do leeks. A mix of mushrooms is also good. You can also add in rosemary or basil or a mix of any herbs that suit your taste.

Posted by Dianne at September 4, 2008 7:02 AM

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This looks delicious- I love pasta dishes like this. I'll have to put this on this weeks menu!

Posted by: SUSAN at September 4, 2008 8:13 AM

Hope you enjoy it...This is one of my favorite ways to eat pasta! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at September 4, 2008 12:08 PM

Looks wonderful! I could dive into a bowl of that right now. You're right. We tend to think of pasta with sauce but sauteed veggies is just as tasty and so good for us--great meal!

Posted by: Glenna at September 4, 2008 1:29 PM

It's one of my favorite things to do when Lex and Jamison want spaghetti. It's so fun to play around with too!

Posted by: Dianne at September 4, 2008 5:19 PM

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