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Quick Cherry Tomato Pasta

cherry tomato pasta

So I don’t often make a meal and post about it on the same night, but this pasta is that fast!

I actually have the week off, so I was planning to do all the slow cooking, fancy meals I never get a chance to. But this afternoon I got a physical, and afterwards I just had such a massive headache that there was no way I could cook anything elaborate. I just needed fast and tasty.

cherry tomato pasta

And this pasta fulfills both needs! I’ll be honest, I used that entire head of garlic. Normal people, you can use a couple cloves, but Will and I are garlic fiends. And this is my parents’ garlic, and it was picked only a few weeks ago and it’s still so fresh and fragrant. Next on the docket is to roast a few heads and eat it with a baguette. Mmmm.

cherry tomato pasta

Quick Cherry Tomato Pasta

Serves 2 very hungry individuals

  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes (I just used one plastic clamshell worth)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves, chiffoned
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups of dried pasta

Start by bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package directions, reserving a 1/2 cup of the pasta water to add to the mixture.

Meanwhile, peel the garlic, and laying the flat edge of a knife on it, smash it to flatten it. Heat the olive oil over medium-low heat and add the garlic to it. Slice the tomatoes in half. Once the garlic is fragrant and golden, add the tomatoes and the pepper flakes. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes have softened and released a lot of their juices. Add half of the basil leaves.

Add the drained pasta to the sauce, adding a little pasta water if needed. Garnish with the basil leaves and enjoy!

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Garlic Cheese Bread

garlic bread sticks

On nights when I just don’t feel like cooking, we often end up ordering pizza. And pretty much every time I push for Dominos. Not because they’re the cheapest or the most delicious, but because they have GARLIC CHEESE BREAD. Will always jokes that he’s going to give up on ordering me pizza and just order me garlic bread, to which I’m like, “Yes, that sounds good, please do that,” but apparently that’s not a healthy way to eat in his opinion. Bah humbug, I say. I’m not eating garlic cheese bread for my health! That’s what all those kale salads are for!

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Roasted Garlic Pasta

roasted garlic
I eat a lot of garlic. A lot. Luckily for me, my parents grow the tastiest organic garlic in Ontario, so I always have a great supply. Sometimes the heads are a bit smaller than the ones you buy in a grocery store, but they taste so much better.

With cold and flu season just around the corner, the more garlic I eat, the more protected I feel. Lately I’ve been averaging at least a head of garlic a day, so hopefully that will take care of any of the germs that sneak my way. I eat most of it raw, but once in a while I like to roast some: it gives garlic this mellow quality and ends up being so rich.

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