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.
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