Eye-catching and flavourful cherry and grape tomatoes of different colours and some whole wheat pasta went into this easy and quick Rotini Pasta in Garlicky Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce. The sauce cooks quickly while the rotini is boiling, and the pasta is ready to serve in 15 minutes. Not much chopping and slicing required as the tomatoes are added whole. The cooking times below are assuming that the pasta is set to boil while the sauce is being prepared, and then the cooked pasta is added to the sauce at the end.
I have not made pasta with rotini before and I had to look it up in Wikipedia to see how it was different from fusilli, but am no wiser as there are contradictory explanations in Wiki’s definition! However I do agree with the statement that the curly spirals of the rotini pasta retains the sauces and is suitable for the burst cherry tomato sauce in this recipe.
I had delicious spaghetti with burst cherry tomatoes and garlic for dinner one evening when we visited St. Michaels on the Chesapeake Bay last month and I must try that out soon too.While I usually prefer long pasta such as spaghetti or fettucine, today the little spirally tricolour rotini in the Rotini Pasta in Garlicky Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce, complemented the red yellow brown and green coloured tomatoes that we picked up at the local Farmers market on Saturday. As the garlic cloves were large, I sliced them thin and long and minced the fresh basil leaves from the garden. Small garlic cloves may be added whole without slicing. I also added some sliced green pepper with the lady at the farmers market informed me would taste smoky after cooking.
The best part of this Rotini Pasta in Garlicky Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce recipe was that it is so quick and easy to make and quite effortless too. It has earned me brownie points with my granddaughter Tamanna who says its ‘yummy’, high praise from this 5 year old little gourmet!
Cherry tomatoes are not just juicy and tasty, they have all the health benefits of the regular tomatoes. Chock full of Vitamins A and C, they also have Lycopene which is considered beneficial in fighting prostate cancer in men.
You may also like to try out my recipe for different coloured cherry tomatoes in this Roasted Tomato Couscous Salad.