Monday, June 20, 2011

Roasted Grape Tomato and Mushroom Pasta


Cherry tomatoes will soon be ripe on the vine and in the meantime I have been buying the little cartons of grape tomatoes in the produce section.  Pairing them with mini Bella mushrooms makes a delicious beginning to a quick pasta dish.  You could do this completely vegetarian but I like to fry some boneless chicken breasts in the pan first to add flavour to the sauce.

  • 3 cups sliced mini Bella or button  mushrooms
  • 3 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (more or less to your likeing)
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • a handful of fresh basil and parsley mix chopped
  • 5 cups baby spinach . .more or less ...if you like more wilted greens. .add more
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Spaghetti noodles for four
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil. I don't use parchment paper here because I dont' want to waste any of the juices that eventually seep through the paper. ..but not the foil.
  3. Slice the tomatoes and put them in a medium sized bowl and add the mushrooms and garlic
  4. Toss together with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  5. Spread the veggies in a single layer over the cookies sheet and sprinkle with the salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.
  6. Roast about 40 minutes or until the juices have been released and the veggies are beginning to caramelize.
  7. While the veggies are roasting. . . preheat a large skillet on medium high heat and add the oil and the chicken. 
  8. Brown on both sides and then cover leaving the lid tilted over the pan so that you don't steam the chicken but still keep the heat in. 
  9. Heat the water for your pasta and cook it while you finish your sauce.  Reserve one cup of pasta water.
  10. Turn the heat to medium and cook the breasts through.  Remove to a plate and keep warm in the oven.
  11. Add the cream to the pan to deglaze it. Stir for a minute to scrape the bits off.
  12. Add the veggies and the juices from the cookie sheet into the large skillet.
  13. Add the reserved pasta water to the skillet.
  14. When the pasta is al dente. .drain it.
  15. Add the spinach and the herbs  to the pan and stir one minute until it wilts. 
  16. Serve the veggies and chicken over the pasta and grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the dish.

18 comments:

  1. one dish meals make me very happy :)
    looks delish lovella!

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  2. Recently found your site and absolutely love it...one exception. On many recipes...if you gals listed the ingredients in the exact order as used in methods & instructions - much easier to follow for us organizationally & mentally challenged types. IMNTBHO - then you will have achieved food blog perfection.

    One Crotchety & Cantankerous Old Coot

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  3. As a mushroom lover, that looks delicious! I've gotta try it out.

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  4. that looks delicious! :) think i will have to make it soon!

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  5. This looks like a great recipe!
    btw Congrats on three years
    You ladies have helped me out many times with good recipes and household tips on your personal blogs. Also give me a taste and piece of home feeling as I am a Cdn Menno living in Germany. Through your blog and Lovella's personal blog I managed my first Paska this year. All the best,

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  6. Your blog makes me hungry; but then I guess that's the point, isn't it? :) By the way, I'm Mennonite, too, living near Souderton, PA but attending and a member of Perkiomenville Mennonite Church.

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  7. AAAAAh my comment disappeared I just wanted to let you ladies know that the book you wrote and I purchased shall be here next week woohoo... so happy.. I plan on sharing it with the foods teacher at my school... Bravo, I just keep drooling over your blog so decided to order your book.. thanks Sue

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  8. This looks very tasty Lovella! Yum!

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  9. I'm so glad I found your blog. Every recipe looks wonderful! Can't wait to try this one!
    -Lynn

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  10. Thanks so much! I have been checking your website for about 2 years now and have made it a part of my daily routine. This recipe looks amazing, as do many others. With some modifications I'm going to try it for sure! p.s. I'm Mennonite too.

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  11. This looks so good, with one modification I will try this for my family (I have 2 teenage boys who like healthy pasta dishes) I will use whole wheat pasta - should be great! p.s. I'm Mennonite too, just not married to one.

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  12. This looks great! Too bad I am the only one in the family who likes mushrooms!

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  13. I am just so thrilled that I found your blog this past week because I am loving all of these great recipes!!

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  14. CONGRATS TO ALL THE GIRLS WHO WORKED SO VERY HARD.. HUBBY WILL ENJOY THIS ONE DISH MEAL VERY MUCH THANKS

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  15. Looks good, sounds easy, a must-try dish! Thanks Lovella!

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  16. just one question for this recipe...do you mean we add the cream to the skillet though??

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  17. That looks yummy! Can't wait to make it!

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  18. Made this last night! Yumm. I'm having the leftovers for lunch today. I used spaghetti squash instead of the pasta because we are low carbing it. Still a wonderfully, flavorful dish! Congratulations on your book. Your blog is the one I check each and every day!

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