While reading through Chatelaine magazine recently, I found instructions for roasting tomatoes and realized that would be a great way to use some of our crop. Roasting tomatoes is simple and greatly intensifies the fruits' already delicious flavour, and once they are roasted, the tomatoes can be stored in jars in the freezer and used throughout the winter in pasta dishes or salads, or on pizzas and sandwiches. I roasted two full pans of our tomatoes this morning, and then used some of them (along with some white kidney beans and some of our garden kale) to create a hearty pasta dish for lunch. Mmmm, mmm, good!
How to Roast Tomatoes:
Preheat oven to 400 F. Slice grape or cherry tomatoes in half (quarter larger tomatoes) and place them cut side up in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Drizzle the tomatoes with a little olive oil and sprinkle them with sea salt and pepper to taste. Roast them for approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, White Kidney Beans, and Kale (gluten-free, vegan)
1 454g package of penne (I used gluten-free brown rice pasta)
1 bunch of kale (washed, trimmed, and chopped)
1 540ml can of white kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
approximately 2 cups roasted grape or cherry tomatoes
1 large clove of garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
zest of one lemon
Cook pasta according to package directions, then strain.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add kale to hot pan, stirring occasionally, and cook until kale is almost wilted. Stir in beans and garlic and cook for a minute or two, or until the beans are warm. Add in cooked pasta, roasted tomatoes, and lemon zest and toss gently until all ingredients are combined. Serve and enjoy!
We loved this simple pasta dish -- it was full of flavour and very satisfying, and it didn't take long to make at all! I'm really glad to have yet another way to enjoy that unbelievably huge tomato crop of ours that doesn't seem to have an end in sight....
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