Sunday, May 08, 2005

Cherry Tomato Spaghetti with Toasted Pine Nuts

Cherry Tomato Spaghetti with Toasted Pine Nuts (Adapted from CL)

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
3 cups red cherry tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
8 ounces dry whole wheat spaghetti
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 ounces fresh grated Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoon oil over medium. Add tomatoes - cook until tomatoes begin to wrinkle, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in sliced garlic and garlic powder - cook 30 seconds, cover and reduce heat to low.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, add pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain.

Add pasta, remaining oil, basil, pine nuts, salt and pepper to the tomato mixture - toss well to combine. Scatter the top with cheese right before serving.

Makes 4 servings.

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