Spaghetti with cheesy broiled tomatoes

I made this a week ago for our pasta-themed Monday nights – delicious! This is definitely a recipe I will be using again. It also was my FIRST time using a broiler. I’ve always eyed that thing at the bottom of my stove but was completely intimidated by it. Now I can’t quite believe I avoided it since it was so ridiculously easy to use… and this experience has opened the door for other recipe endeavors.

I also wasn’t a huge fan of eating large chunks of tomato unless they were in sauce… until this.

Like many of my recipes as of late… I saw a version of this in Real Simple. Here is my even  more simple version

Ingredients (for 2)

-half a box of spaghetti. I actually used a 1/3 a box of thin spaghetti and about 1/3 a box of fettuccine since I was trying to use those boxes up (I had leftover). I just staggered the times so the fettuccine was in about 5 minutes longer than the spaghetti -always trying to save!

-2 large tomatoes sliced (about 1/2 inch width). The original recipe said beefsteak tomatoes but I just grabbed the biggest ones I could (no joke!), I don’t even remember what, and they were fine

-2 tablespoons olive oil (plus some for the baking sheet)

-Salt and black pepper

-4 ounces of fresh mozzarella shredded by hand or chopped (can’t really grate fresh mozz)

-1/4 cup grated Parmesan (save a little to sprinkle on top of pasta)

-2 cloves of garlic chopped

-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

-several pieces of fresh basil

Step 1 – Heat the broiler for a few minutes before beginning. I have a setting that says “Broil.” How clever… Get the pasta water boiling. Add the pasta once it is boiling. In the meantime however…

Step 2 – Slice the tomatoes and place them on a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet/cookie tray. Season them generously with salt and pepper and then sprinkle on both types of cheese. Carefully slide the tray into the broiler and broil for about 5 minutes. You should see the cheese becoming gold and bubbly.

sorry this one came out a little blurry... poor lighting in my tiny apartment galley kitchen!

Step 3 – In a small saucepan, warm together the olive oil, garlic, and red pepper until it smells good – about 2 minutes. Keep it on low heat so as not to burn anything

Step 4 – Add the oil/garlic/crushed pepper mix and some more salt and pepper into your cooked pasta. Mix it together. Serve this with the broiled tomatoes, some basil, and the extra Parmesan


One Comment Add yours

  1. mama says:

    My little girl is growing up. Today a broiler, who knows what tomorrow may bring!! Yummy

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