Monday, August 22, 2011

Not Your Usual Spaghetti

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Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

You'll need:

  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 3 large tomatoes (about 1.5 pounds) cut into 4 thick slices
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the baking sheet
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, grated
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce), plus more, shaved, for serving
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving

Let's start:

  1. Heat broiler. Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, arrange the tomato slices in a single layer on a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet. Season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Dividing evenly, sprinkle the slices with the mozzarella and Parmesan. Broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. In a small saucepan, warm the oil with the garlic and red pepper over medium heat until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic oil, basil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper to the pasta and toss to combine. Serve topped with the tomatoes, additional basil, and shaved Parmesan.

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