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Roasted Tomatoes

Pasta with roasted tomatoes, bacon & oregano breadcrumbs

Course Dinner, Entree, Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Alida Ryder

Ingredients

for the roasted tomatoes

  • 500 g cherry tomatoes
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

for the sauce

  • 250 g bacon I would bump this up to 500g because of the husband
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli de-seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • roasted tomatoes
  • handful fresh basil finely sliced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste

for the breadcrumbs

  • stale sourdough bread blended in a food processor until you have small chunks
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt

to serve

  • 500 g cooked pasta of your choice
  • fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. To make the roasted tomatoes, pre-heat the oven to 220°c and place the tomatoes in a roasting tray and add the garlic.
  2. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the salt & pepper.
  3. Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the tomatoes are blistered and starting to burst open.
  4. To make the breadcrumbs, toss the breadcrumbs with the olive oil, oregano and salt and spread onto a roasting tray. Allow to brown in the hot oven for 5-7 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  5. To make the sauce, chop the bacon into bite size pieces and fry in a large pot until golden brown.
  6. Remove from the pan and fry the onion and chilli until soft and translucent.
  7. Add the roasted tomatoes (and garlic) and bacon back to the pot.
  8. When the pasta is cooked, reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid and toss the drained pasta with the sauce, add the basil and some of the cooking liquid and allow to sit for a minute so the pasta can absorb all the sauce.
  9. Serve the pasta with a generous handful of breadcrumbs and a few fresh basil leaves.