Pasta That Will Make Your Child Cry

September 13, 2012

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P1010902P1010908P1010910P1010915P1010918P1010919I've been making a variation of this Emeril Lagasse roasted cherry and angel hair pasta dish for years, but I haven’t really served it to Julia very much, until recently.

You would've thought I had served her a dish of toad droppings sprinkled with rotten milk droplets, when I presented her with this dinner.

She cried. She yelled. She refused to eat. She had a Class ‘A’ hissy fit.

So. . . will you believe me when I say it’s really, really good, one of my favorite things that I make?

Will you believe me when I tell you that when we finally managed to get her to take one tiny actual bite, she stopped crying and said, “This is really good! I love tomatoes!”

I love children. . . SO MUCH.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound red cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 pound yellow cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound small green heirloom tomatoes, quartered (I just use cherry tomatoes, 2 lbs.)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons slivered garlic
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (go easy, I use less, so I don’t make it too spicy for kids)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chiffonade fresh basil leaves (what? no. too much work for me!)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces whole-milk ricotta salata, crumbled (I just use Parmesan)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Additional chopped fresh herbs, garnish
  • Hot French or Italian bread, accompaniment

Directions

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

In a large, glass baking dish, toss the tomatoes with the oil, garlic, vinegar, salt, red pepper flakes, and pepper. Roast until the tomatoes are tender, stirring occasionally, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and add the basil, parsley, and oregano. (Most times I skip all of these herbs if pressed for time.) Stir well.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain and return to pot. Toss with the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the tomatoes and pan juices and cook over low heat until hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the ricotta salata cheese (I don’t use this and never have, I just use parmesan.) and stir until mostly melted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large serving bowl.

Toss with the pine nuts (I don’t use the pine nuts.) and Parmesan cheese. Garnish with additional herbs, as desired (nah), and serve immediately.




30 comments:

  1. It looks delicious and so fresh with all those little tomatoes! I need to make this soon! I know al about the "Class A" hissy fit. Our daughter has those quite often.

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    1. Just when I think, oh we're totally out of the tantrum phases....no we're not!

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  2. Hahaha! Oh, I love hearing that Julia through a righteous food fit when she saw this... mostly because it reminds me of my own incredibly picky little girl. The only difference between our girls in this situation is that hell would freeze over before I heard the words, "This is really good! I love tomatoes!" uttered from my sweetie's mouth. ;)

    The pasta looks de-lish, though!

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    1. Last yr she claimed that tomatoes hurt her mouth. This summer she's been eating them off of our tomato plant the entire summer. But she likes most veggies raw, not cooked. WHY ARE KIDS SO CRAZY??

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    2. I think deep down they think it's fun! LOL

      And why, oh why, did I say "through" instead of "threw"????

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  3. My daughter Keira sometimes forgets that she does actually like a certain food. She'll throw a fit, finally take a tiny bite, and then be like 'Oh yeah I DO like this!' P.S. Those pictures look amaaaazing.

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    1. ha ha ha! you know, I have never forgotten I liked a certain food! Would be better for my waistline if I did!!

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  4. That's hilarious! Been there... I love tomatoes, too, so yes, I must make this someday...

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    1. it's lovely! really! I don't make it as often as I would like because I have hip bursitis (so weird!!) and too many nightshade veggies will make my hips hurt (those veggies can aggravate arthritic conditions, and I have really found this to be true!)

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  5. This sounds like dinner at our place every single night with the only difference being that you actually managed to get Julia to take a bite. This looks so good. Your gorgeous pics are making me want this right now.

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    1. Thank you Ness! Oh I wish I had the fit she threw on video. SO much crying and wailing!!!

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  6. My friend just giggled at the word "chiffonade" -- I would like you all to know I don't use any herbs at all in this, I am FAR too lazy!! :)

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  7. Classic! We have a deal with Ben that he's allowed three things he 'doesn't like (currently mushrooms, white onions (although we sneak these in loads of stuff) and courgettes), other than that, he has to eat everything on his plate. He's allowed to change his list once a month which is great as he ends up eating and tasting a wide range of things he 'doesn't like'. The only permanent resident on his list are the mushrooms.Rx

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  8. please send julia's portions to me next time. :) Looks delicious!! I have children who refuse to eat anything red.....so...yeah...

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    1. Did I mention already that she is a much better raw veggie eater than cooked veggie eater? Raw peppers and spinach, she adores. Cooked, she'll scream at it!

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  9. And I'm back on the grid!!! Hello, it's been so long since I've commented!!! So, yum! Ha! Wonderful! Did she get the tomato thing from Lola? Isn't there an 'I absolutely will not eat a tomato' Charlie and Lola? Anyhoo, for my kids it's mashed potatoes!! Can you believe that? They will not touch them with a 20 foot pole, they gag at the smell. Thanksgiving is a very rough day for them.

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    1. Oh I've missed you!! Hope the move wasn't too painful! Oh man, mashed potatoes? Julia adores them but guess who doesn't? ANDREW. HATES POTATOES. And CAKE. soooooooooo weird..........

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    2. Both of mine hate mashed potatoes too! We've actually experienced vomiting at the table over them. :(

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    3. Oh my GOSH!!! Julia gagged a ton eating shrimp a couple weeks ago....

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  10. Too funny! My son drinks salsa-literally drinks out of a cup as much as I'll let him, yet still insists he HATES tomatoes (and onions, and peppers) and would NEVER eat them. Funny little creatures! I'm trying this recipe anyway.

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    1. After reading all this.....KIDS ARE WACKY!!!! :)

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  11. Ha! I love it! Mmm...This making me REALLY hungry!

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    1. I often make myself hungry too Michaele :)

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  12. I wished this could work with my boy. Class A picky eater. I'll give it a try and see :D Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. I just have to thank my stars that my kiddo isn't quite as picky as I was -- when I was her age, all I wanted was PB & J -- that's it!

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  13. That looks amazing! I can't wait to try it! Yesterday, my son kept going to the freezer and taking out the ice cream and then melting down every time I said no. It was kind of incredible to watch.

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    1. ha ha ha Jennifer, too funny! Your cutie pie is SOOOOO cute!

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  14. This looks seriously delicious Melissa. LOVE pasta like this!!!
    ronnie xo

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    1. If you make it, hopefully your little guys won't cry or shriek at you! :)

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