Are you seeing that? Are you feeling that?
You can’t not with roasted tomatoes. And onions! Those are roasted, too.
I swear, roasted tomatoes don’t even have to be in season for this meal to shiiiiiine like the top of the Chrysler building. (<–name that movie.)
And then we’re adding asparagus and lil’ mozzarella balls and breadcrumbs for crying out loud. You’ll need to sit.
Well a) look at those tomatoes. My grocery store has these mixed cherry tomatoes in a package, but honestly whatever your store has is FINE. You could even buy a little thing of goldens, and a little thing of cherries and call it. (not CHERRIES, but cherry tomatoes. Just in case you think I need more coffee. Which I do.)
B) I’m not sure I have a b. I’ll come up with one. Oh! Got it – this makes a perfect end-of-summer meal with any bumper crop of tomatoes you may have in your garden. There’s my b, b. Ha!
Half ’em, slice that onion and violently throw them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with a few Tbs. of oil. You need a good amount here, so don’t get shy. And make sure those onion slices are thick. Thicker than mine, I’ll say. Some of mine BURNT (You have to hear my voice say that. I’m not just the idiot misspelling burned, okay?) in the roasting but that’s on me. Not you. You look good today!
Two hours, baby. They’ll shrivel, they’ll darken, they’ll oooooooze umami and you’ll want to pet them and call them Frank.
In the meantime you’ll hunt down that little carton of mozzarella balls in your fridge. Some call these bocconcini. Some call them ciliegine. I call them getinmyface. Tear them in half with your fingers and nosh on a few while those tomatoes roast. It’s totally okay, we’re in a pandemic.
Also, sear your asparagus. Trim the stems and discard those, cut the spears into 2-inch pieces and sauté in a little oil with some lemon zest and juice. And salt. And your heart love. So good.
Honestly that’s it!
WAIT, no it’s not.
You’ve boiled the linguine (or whatever pasta you have taking up space in the pantry), but before you top it with all the goodness, nestle that torn mozzarella over the pasta with a small dusting of breadcrumbs and throw it under the broiler for a second. You just want the cheese to melt a little and the breadcrumbs to lightly toast. This is completely optional, but also kind of supreme, so.
The tangy roasted tomatoes, the aromatic onions, the earthy asparagus, all over silky linguine (because you’ve saved a little pasta water for a thin sauce) and the melty cheese and toasted breadcrumbs. Too much. Outstanding. Flavor for days. And remember the oil that’s on that tomato sheet pan, do NOT get rid of that. Add it all. This helps elevate the sauce and flavor at the same time, girl.
That plus another herculean squeeze of lemon juice because we know better.
Sunday night dinner right here.
Look at us eating our vegetarian rainbow!