Sunday, July 31, 2011

Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

Men: beware.  This is total chick food.  Cheesy broiled tomatoes over garlicky, basil-y cheesy pasta?  Mmm-hmm.  Sounds like a perfect meal to me.  As for my husband?... He'd ask where the meat was.
Me?  Didn't miss it at all. This was great!

Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes 
From Noble Pig

12 ounces spaghetti
3 large beefsteak tomatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds), each cut into 4 thick slices
3 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the baking sheet
Kosher salt and black pepper
8 ounces mozzarella, grated
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves & more for serving.

Heat broiler.  Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return to pot.

Meanwhile, arrange the tomato slices in a single layer on a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet.  Season with salt and pepper.  Dividing evenly, sprinkle the slices with the mozzarella and Parmesan.  Broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden, 3 to 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan, warm the oil with the garlic and red pepper over medium heat until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the garlic oil, basil, salt and pepper to the pasta and toss to combine.  Serve topped with tomatoes, additional basil and more Parmesan.

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