Cherry Tomato Pasta with Spicy Confit Tomato and Chilli Spaghetti
This Cherry Tomato Pasta made with Spicy Confit Tomato and Chilli is deceptively simple yet bursts with irresistible flavour. The secret lies in slow cooking the tomatoes – confit style- that results in a soft, juicy and deliciously jammy consistency with an intense tomato flavour.
This dish captures the essence of summer, reminiscent of long, lazy days and mild summer nights. It’s a simple dish, but one that’s made for sharing. So gather your friends together and enjoy it served al fresco, with fresh bread like this Cheddar and Courgette Soda Bread, and easy conversation.
Small, Sweet & Packs a Punch
Tomatoes are such a versatile ingredient, often forming the foundation of entire cuisines – and in this cherry tomato pasta dish, they’re the main attraction. Of course, cherry tomatoes are smaller and sweeter than conventional tomatoes. They not only taste wonderful, but are packed with antioxidants including vitamin A. They’re high in vitamin C and contain more flavonols than their bigger counterparts. And, they’re also a great source of vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Niacin, Folate, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and lycopene.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and it is better absorbed by our bodies when heated and combined with healthy fats like olive oil.
The Cherry on Top
Choose cherry tomatoes that are firm and smooth skinned. The plain red ones are great for this recipe, but if you’d like to add more visual interest to your dish, you can also use a mix of green, yellow, orange, red and heirloom varieties.
Italian cuisine is undoubtedly one of the absolute joys of life. Light, fresh, and tasty, it’s a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, deservedly synonymous with health and longevity. And of course, experiencing the sights, sounds and flavours of the Mediterranean, whether in Sicily, Sardinia, or Sorrento, truly is a balm for the soul. Add that to your bucket list – but if you can’t make it there just yet, you can certainly incorporate some Italian inspiration and ingredients into your cucina.
This dish features Italian inspired ingredients like Parmesan, with its classic sharpness that contrasts beautifully with the sweet gooey cherry tomatoes. The dish is finished with a generous blob of mild, creamy Ricotta – a lovely counter to the heat of the chilli.
Easy, Effortless Cherry Tomato Pasta
When it comes to low-labour, high-reward recipe options, my cherry tomato pasta is a firm favourite, especially when it comes to midweek entertaining. And it’s made doubly so by making it in my air fryer, the Instant Vortex Plus Clearcook with Odor Ease . So, if you need a little inspiration and are looking for something utterly delicious, but with very little effort on your part – you know what to do!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is this dish gluten-free?
No. You could make it gluten-free if you substitute wheat flour spaghetti for gluten-free pasta.
Should I only use spaghetti?
No. You could also use linguine or tagliatelle
Is this recipe suitable for vegans?
The recipe can be made vegan friendly if you substitute the dairy ricotta with a dairy-free plant-based ricotta and substitute the dairy parmesan with a plant-based parmesan.
Can I leave out the chilli?
Absolutely – if you want to dial down the heat, this recipe works just as well without the chilli.