Blistered Tomato Pasta For Your Italian Inspired Dinner Ideas

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Joel and I make pasta at least once a week, even though we know it's a ton of carbs. I try to meal plan as often as I can, but some weeks are lazier than others and I look for those easy, last-minute, dinner ideas. We paired this dinner with a sourdough baguette and a mixed green salad with a lemon vinaigrette. To top it all off, I picked up a bottle of sparkling water for a refreshing taste alongside the heavy pasta. I used pappardelle pasta for the noodle!

Pasta is an easy dish when you need quick dinner ideas.

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Blistered Tomato Pasta

Blistered Tomato Pasta

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Blistered tomatoes over al dente pasta


  • 1 lb pappardelle pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 3-4 minced garlic cloves
  • Kosher salt + freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 package petite medley tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups of organic heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 3/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish on plates
  • Basil or parsley (optional)


  1. Cook pasta of choice until al dente and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a saute pan over medium-low heat.
  3. Add a dash of salt, freshly ground pepper, and olive oil to the pan.
  4. Once the pan is hot, but not smoking, add the tomatoes first. Allow them to cook and blister slightly, adding a touch of olive oil as needed and moving the tomatoes around.
  5. Once the tomatoes are cooked and blistered, remove them from the pan and set them aside.
  6. Add the garlic and allow it to slightly brown, then add the heavy cream and butter.
  7. Whisk the mix around lightly, then slowly add the grated Parmesan cheese.
  8. You can add fresh herbs here. I didn't because I didn't have them on hand, but I typically use freshly chopped parsley in this dish.
  9. Turn the mixture to a low heat setting and let it thicken. You can add more cream and cheese as needed.
  10. Once the mixture has thickened but is not sticking to the bottom of the pan, add the pasta in handfuls at a time and toss into the sauce.
  11. Top off the pasta mixture with the blistered tomatoes and mix in before serving.
  12. Serve immediately.


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