Creamy pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes

Oh, roasted cherry tomato, you are such a delight. Those juicy pearls that cherry tomatoes are when raw, really get to the next level when roasted in the oven. They become soft, their flavour concentrated. Sure you may lose on the crunch and pop, but you gain in flavour depth. And they’re so easy to make. Toss them with some basic condiment and chuck them in the oven, that’s it. What to use them for? Anything! But my favourite way is on pasta. A simple creamy pasta topped with roasted cherry tomatoes and a generous sprinkle of pecorino.

Roasted cherry tomato pasta with a creamy base and loads of grated pecorino.

Roasted cherry tomatoes basics

Making roasted cherry tomato is really simple. You basically need to bake your tomatoes in the oven, this will wrinkle and evaporate them, concentrating their flavour. According to your oven settings, you may as well broil them for a few minutes, or just bake them directly in the top section of the oven, to get some nice browning. So first of all, get your tomatoes, clean them and cut them in half. If they’re really big you may as well quarter them,there’s no golden rule. I went for halves as I wanted larger bits. Some recipes call for whole cherry tomatoes, but halved they best suit this creamy pasta recipe.

Cherry tomatoes in a white colander.Cutting cherry tomatoes in half on a wooden board, placing cut tomatoes in a bowl.

Transfer your halved tomatoes into a bowl and season with olive oil, salt, freshly cracked black pepper and oregano. Toss to properly coat each and every piece of tomato in the condiment.

Seasoned cherry tomatoes in a blue bowl.

Place your seasoned cherry tomatoes onto an oven tray lined with baking paper, making sure to space them out evenly. Bake in the preheated oven at 200°C for 20-25 minutes.

Raw cherry tomatoes on an oven tray about to get in the oven for roasting.

The goal is to get some of their juices to evaporate, as well as some browning. I baked my tomatoes in the top part of the oven and switched to broil for the last 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them and adjust the settings according to your oven type. Some cherry tomato halves may pull out from the skin, some skins may brown too much. Just discard those skins when the tomatoes have cooled enough to be easy to handle.

Roasted cherry tomatoes, closeup.

Creamy pasta wheels

While the cherry tomatoes are in the oven, you can proceed preparing your pasta. For this recipe I would recommend short pasta like penne or fusilli. I went for wheels, ruote. They are quite an uncommon pasta type, not so easy to come by, but I really like them. While I was never used to eating them back home, they had become my favourite pasta type when I was studying in Norway. Whenever I find them now, they always remind me of my pasta meals in Oslo.

Cook your pasta in boiling salted water according to package instructions. When done, drain and return to the pot. Add the creme fraiche and stir to distribute evenly. You could be using heavy cream here, but what I like about creme fraiche is its thicker texture. And the slightly acidic flavour it gives, of course.

In the bowl where you had seasoned the cherry tomatoes you should have some condiment leftovers. Add that oil and salt mixture to the pasta, too.

Olive oil condiment leftovers in blue bowl.
Olive oil condiment leftovers from seasoning the raw tomatoes.
Wheels pasta with cream.
Creamy pasta with creme fraiche and olive oil from the tomatoes.

Roasted cherry tomato pasta

If you still have some minutes to spare before your cherry tomatoes are ready, grate the pecorino. As soon as the oven-roasted tomatoes are done, take them out of the oven and carefully inspect if there are some burnt skins that need to be discarded.

Plate the creamy pasta and top with roasted cherry tomatoes and a generous sprinkle of pecorino. I also like to add one final dash of freshly cracked black pepper for even more flavour.

Creamy pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes and pecorino.Creamy pasta with overn-roasted cherry tomatoes closeup.Two bowls of roasted cherry tomato pasta in beige serving bowls.

This recipe yields 2 large portions. Re-heating is not recommended. While this dish will not lose in terms of flavour, the cream will dissolve in the microwave. So I would not recommend making a larger batch in order to intentionally save some leftovers for your lunch box the next day. This creamy roasted tomato pasta is meant to be enjoyed the very moment you prepare it. Ideally, with a nice glass of white wine.

Closeup of roasted cherry tomato pasta.Oven-roasted cherry tomato pasta closeup.

More pasta dishes?

Feeling in the mood for some nice pasta dishes? Here are some other recipes you may want to give a try:

Was it the roasted cherry tomatoes that really caught your attention, here? Then you definitely have to try these mini-tarts with mustard and cherry tomatoes.

A creamy pasta dish with oven-roasted cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of freshly grated pecorino.

Roasted cherry tomato pasta

A creamy pasta with oven-roasted cherry tomatoes. A creme fraiche base meets the tang of perfectly roasted cherry tomatoes and the spiciness of grated pecorino and freshly cracked black pepper. Welcome the warm season with this delicious pasta dish.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Eva

Ingredients

Roasted cherry tomatoes

  • 300 g cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • dried oregano and black pepper

For the pasta dish

  • 250 g pasta
  • 100 g creme fraiche
  • 50 g grated pecorino
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

Oven-roasted cherry tomatoes instructions

  1. Clean and halve the cherry tomatoes. Add olive oil, oregano and black pepper and toss. Place seasoned cherry tomato halves on an oven tray lined with parchment paper; do not discard condiment leftovers. 

  2. Roast in the top part of the oven for 20-25 min at 200°C (392°F). Switch the oven settings to broil for the final minutes if the tomatoes are not browned after 15 minutes. 

Pasta recipe instructions

  1. Set a pot of water on the stove. When the water boils, add salt and pasta. Cook according to package instructions. Do not overcook.

  2. When the pasta is ready, drain the water and place pasta back in the pot. Stir in the creme fraiche and the leftover oli mixture from the cherry tomatoes.

  3. At this point the roasted cherry tomatoes should be ready. Plate the pasta and top with roasted cherry tomatoes, grated pecorino and freshly cracked black pepper.

 

This recipe appeared long long ago on this blog and has now been completely rewritten. If you are such an oldie in here that you remember the old one, thank you for sticking around!

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20 Comments

  1. Analida Braeger April 9, 2020 at 15:36

    5 stars
    I am getting ready to start growing my cherry tomatoes and I am putting this recipe on my list. Thanks for all the great tips!

    Reply
    1. Eva April 9, 2020 at 16:16

      Good luck with your cherry tomatoes! I wish you a plentiful harvest 🙂

      Reply
  2. Andrea Howe April 9, 2020 at 21:17

    5 stars
    I always seem to have some leftover cherry tomatoes by the end of the week and was just searching for a weekinight dinner. So I can’t wait to make this tonight!

    Reply
    1. Eva April 14, 2020 at 14:44

      Hi Andrea! I always seem to have the same “problem” so this recipe is quite a regular at my house.

      Reply
  3. Mikayla April 10, 2020 at 05:03

    5 stars
    I love cooked cherry tomatoes, you’re totally right they get this deep, addictive flavor! I love the idea of adding them to a simple pasta and letting them shine, and it works out because I have a huge wedge of pecorino I’ve been trying to use up. Yum!

    Reply
    1. Eva April 14, 2020 at 14:45

      Hi Mikayla! You’ll love how the pecorino pairs with the roasted tomatoes!

      Reply
  4. Veena Azmanov April 11, 2020 at 09:46

    5 stars
    Perfect and I just love your presentation. Nothing like making it this Easter. Yummy

    Reply
    1. Eva April 14, 2020 at 14:45

      Hi Veena! Thank you, I was very proud of the presentation myself!

      Reply
  5. GUNJAN C Dudani April 11, 2020 at 21:41

    5 stars
    Anything pasta is always preferred in my family. So this one is up my alley.

    Reply
    1. Eva April 14, 2020 at 14:46

      Hope your family will enjoy this!

      Reply
  6. Marisa April 12, 2020 at 12:43

    5 stars
    I make something similar to this but without the cream in it. This recipe sounds delightful! We love our cherry/grape tomatoes and buy them frequently throughout the year. Whatever recipe we put them never disappoints. I’m saving this recipe to make this week. Your photos make me want to dig in.

    Reply
    1. Eva April 14, 2020 at 14:47

      I also love cherry tomatoes, their sweetness and size are among the qualities I mostly appreciate!

      Reply
  7. Charity April 13, 2020 at 04:53

    5 stars
    I love a good creamy pasta. This is perfect for right now, when we’re craving comforting meals that are simple.

    Reply
    1. Eva April 14, 2020 at 14:47

      This one is really simple, indeed! A crowd pleaser, and an easy way to eat more vegetarian dishes.

      Reply
  8. Connie April 13, 2020 at 09:00

    5 stars
    OMG you pulled out the wheels. I haven’t seen this since I was a kid! How fun! This recipe is divine!

    Reply
    1. Eva April 14, 2020 at 14:48

      I just love my wheels!! 😀 😀
      Thanks, Connie!

      Reply
  9. Ben April 13, 2020 at 17:45

    5 stars
    I love how easy and light this recipe is. I’m always pressed for time, so an easy recipe is always a winner in my book. This looks really good.

    Reply
    1. Eva April 14, 2020 at 14:49

      Yeah, right? Oven roasting the tomatoes seems such a chore, but it’s such a quick and easy procedure that delivers a fantastic pasta dish.

      Reply
  10. Aline April 14, 2020 at 00:49

    5 stars
    Just made this for dinner tonight – so simple and so good!! <3

    Reply
    1. Eva April 14, 2020 at 14:50

      Hey Aline! Awesome, I’m really happy to read that you enjoyed it!! Take care <3

      Reply

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