Thursday, June 23, 2011

Slow-Roasted Tomato and Sardine Oreganata Pasta

This is a slight variation of a recipe from Bon Appetit ("Roasted Tomato and Anchovy Oreganata Pasta"). It was a nice dish. I used sardines instead of anchovies because they don't have such a strong taste. I must also say that the roasted tomatoes were too sweet for my taste. I think, I prefer to roast the tomatoes at a higher temperature for a shorter time, so they won't get as sweet. Also, I used a short pasta instead of spaghetti. I think, spaghetti are often used in recipes just because you can arrange for a nice picture or the dish, but they are not practical for the sauce of that dish. Spaghetti mostly suited for a smooth sauce; chunky sauces are better with short pasta.

4 cups of cherry tomatoes
olive oil
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
fresh black pepper
16 sardines (canned, in oil)
10-12 ounces short pasta
2 garlic cloves, smashed

Preheat oven to 200F. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil, add 2 cups of tomatoes. Stir in 1-2 tbsp olive oil and some salt. Roast for 4 1/2 hours. Set aside. Increase oven temperature to 400F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay sardines 1/4 inch apart on baking sheet. Mix together breadcrumbs and herbs, season with salt and pepper. Mix in 1 tbsp olive oil until mixture resembles wet sand. Pack mixture over sardines. Drizzle with 1 tbsp oil. Bake until golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Set aside. Cook pasta according to instructions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Meanwhile, place remaining tomatoes in a bowl and crush with your hands. Heat 2-3 tbsp oil over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and a little bit of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until juices thicken, 8-10 minutes. Add roasted tomatoes. Add drained pasta and toss to coat, adding reserved cooking liquid as needed. Remove from heat. Serve pasta topped with sardines.

1 comment:

  1. Looks great! Sorry the tomatoes weren't what you were hoping for, next time will be better :) Buzzed!