Well, we're still here and we're still using up pasta! Tomatoes were on sale at my grocery store and I was craving them roasted. What better way to have roasted veggies than with pasta?
And why yes, that is a Miracle Blade (the kind you used to see on infomercials.) I bought some at Kohl's about a zillion years ago. Their serated knives are actually incredible. They're the best tomato and meat cutters I own, and they never need sharpening. And they're inexpensive enough for the home cook. The only problem is that I haven't seen them in department stores recently.
I just didn't take a picture of it.
If you forget too, don't worry. They still tasted okay.
I bumped the oven heat up to broil for the last 5 minutes, just for some last-minute color.
Give it a good chop.
Pour in the pasta water you've saved too.
Give everything a nice stir, top with some more Parmesan, and you're ready to go! In about 30 minutes, you should have a nice, fresh, vegetarian pasta meal!
Recipe: Pasta With Roasted Vegetables
1 to 1 1/2 pints grape tomatoes, trimmed and halved
2 small zucchinis, roughly chopped
1/2 to 2/3 large red onion, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 lb. penne pasta
salt, for boiling
1 handful parsley, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 c. shaved Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
Preheat oven to 450F.
On a rimmed baking sheet, combine tomatoes, zucchini, and onions. Sprinkle with garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add Italian seasoning, sugar, and salt and pepper. Toss well. Place in preheated oven.
Boil heavily salted water in a large pot. Boil pasta until cooked through. Save 1/3 c. pasta water; drain pasta.
After vegetables have roasted for about 20-25 minutes, increase oven temperature to broil. Let broil 5 minutes.
In the pasta pot, combine drained pasta and roasted vegetables. Drizzle with the last tablespoon of olive oil, pasta water, and add Parmesan cheese. Don't forget to taste things--add more salt and pepper if necessary.
Serve, and sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese.