Tuesday, 6 March 2012

roasted cherry tomato, goat's cheese & anchovy pasta

I know there are a whole heap of you already turning your nose up to the anchovy but you got to back up and leave your judgement at the door. I understand that some folks don't like biting in to a mini fish fillet on their pizza but when you use anchovies in a sauce they pretty much melt away and leave behind a lovely salty goodness.

If you know me you will know that I have a love for anything that is tiny or miniature, which is why I think this pasta is so rad, other than the fact that it tastes awesome, but also because its full of baby tomatoes and teeny tiny fish fillets. Yay for loving little things.

This is another recipe in which you can mix and match things up, if you really hate anchovies you could use proscuitto or chorizo instead, or if you don't have any goats cheese you could use feta or bocconcini. 

1/2 a punnet of cherry tomatoes
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1/2 a teaspoon of brown sugar
1 clove of garlic
50 grams of goats cheese
15 basil leaves, torn
3 anchovy fillets
1/4 packet of wholemeal spaghetti

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Mix the olive oil, sugar and garlic in a bowl until it becomes 
 a paste, add the cherry tomatoes and coat them thoroughly. Cover a baking tray with baking paper and tip the cherry tomatoes and mixtures on to the tray and bake for 25 minutes or until cooked and caramelised.
Put on a pot of water and bring to the boil for the pasta and start cooking it about 7 minutes before the tomatoes are finished. Please keep an eye on your pasta as you don't want it to be soggy and overcooked. Whilst the pasta is cooking, put the goats cheese, torn basil leaves, anchovy fillets, a drizzle of the oil from the anchovy can and a good pinch of salt and pepper in to a large bowl. Once the tomatoes are cooked put them straight in to the bowl with the cheese and anchovies. Mix everything together and ensure you mash the anchovies up so that they blend with everything well.

Drain your pasta, leaving it a little wet still. Place in to the large bowl and mix together with all other ingredients and voila, you're done. 

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