Today’s theme for the Food Network series and one of our last for #SensationalSides before we head into summer fare was to come up with a quick side dish. Maybe the quickest would have been to take the basket of cherry tomatoes I had on the counter and chop them and season them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper but I was thinking a bit more might be expected for FN Dish! So I took them a couple of steps further and made this quick and easy Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes that was quite simply devoured. As always take a peek after the recipe for more quick side dishes.
One of my favorite uses for tomatoes, especially when they are in abundance, is to make a tomato pie. I might have done that for today except I didn’t have any pre-made pie dough in the freezer and making a pie shell would have led this dish a bit too far away from quick and easy so I sort of punted.
I used a lot of the same ingredients for my pie but in lieu of a pie shell, I mixed the tomatoes with pasta and Parmesan cheese and it was perfect. Fresh, light and yet warm from the oven and a bit cheesy; it really was a simple and delicious dish that took barely any effort to bring to the table.
I don’t know about you but I hardly purchase tomatoes when they are not in season. Winter tomatoes are simply hard and flavorless so I suffer without and will use a good canned product before fresh. So I get excited as spring rolls around and tomato planting season gets underway.
I still shy away from most tomatoes at the market but have found that smaller varieties can be satisfying this time of year before the larger ones start to become available. And by available I mean in my garden or at the farmers market. Sadly…the grocery store NEVER has good tomatoes.
This was a particularly beautiful assortment with red, yellow and green cherry tomatoes with a type of baby heirloom thrown into the mix as well. A couple held up better than the others; some melted into sauce and some gave me the occasional toothy bite and that was perfect. A dish that takes but 5 minutes to get into the oven combined with pasta that takes 10 minutes to cook and I call this easy enough for any meal!
Feed Me Phoebe: 5-Ingredient Za’atar Beet Toasts
Devour: Beat the Clock with Easy, Under-15-Minute Side Dishes
Healthy Eats: 7 of the Quickest — and Healthiest — Side Dishes Ever
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Five Fast & Fantastic Spring Side Dishes
TasteBook: Asparagus Ribbons with Lemon Juice and Shaved Parmesan
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice (with Coconut)
Taste with the Eyes: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon and Corn with Sweet Chili Butter
FN Dish: Counting Down the 5 Quickest Spring Side Dishes Ever