A big bowl of pasta with family. Remember those times? This year that family portion has been significantly smaller at ours as we’ve lived under corona restrictions most of the year unable to travel as freely as before. Therefore, I’ve been serving this tomato mascarpone spaghetti just to the two of us this year but can’t wait to have family and friends together again to taste this ultimate pasta.
This is one of those recipes we go back to over and over again, sometimes more than once a week. Cue tomato pasta! It’s the mascarpone cheese that adds that special zing to this pasta dish and using sun-dried tomatoes as a base deepens the flavours. Gosh how often the simple things are the best!
The simple things in life. Something I’ve come to notice more this year spending more time at home. Much more! When people say you have to appreciate the simple things in life I always think that before you can do that you have to notice them first. And to notice them you have to slow down. What are the things that really matter?
To me it’s clear. I have some really good friends who mean the world to me. I get to share my life with my soulmate. I’m safe. I’m healthy. And I’m also able to indulge myself in occasional indulgence what ever that might be. That’s privilege right there my friend.
With these thoughts I should probably re-name this dish to gratitude pasta now but let’s keep it simple, tomato mascarpone spaghetti it is. I encourage you to slow down, take time to appreciate the things that really matter to you and why not enjoy a big bowl of pasta. Even better if you get to share it with your loved once like I hope we all will very soon.
- 250g spaghetti
- 200g chopped tomatoes in a tin
- ca 10 pieces of sun dried tomatoes
- 1 garlic clove
- 2-3tbsp mascarpone
- salt, sugar, black pepper, rosemary
- handful of pitted olives
- parmigiano & fresh cherry tomatoes (optional) to serve
- Finely chop the garlic clove and then process together with the sun dried tomatoes in a food processor until it's paste like. Add some oil from the sun dried tomato can if necessary to get a smooth paste.
- Heat up a pan over medium heat and sauté the garlic & sun dried tomato paste for a couple of minutes. Then add the chopped tomatoes and spices (roughly 1-2 tsp each). Bring to simmer and taste. Adjust seasoning to your taste (salt and black pepper for flavour, sugar to balance any bitterness and rosemary to add some mediterranean flavour).
- Then mix in the mascarpone and taste again. Finally add a handful of pitted olives.
- Cook the spaghetti as instructed.
- Mix the pasta and tomato mascarpone sauce. Serve with parmigiano and cherry tomatoes (optional).