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Creamy Tomato-Cheese Pasta

A Pasta Recipe To Remember If you like tomatoes and cheese, you're in for a treat! You will be hard-pressed to find an easier homemade pasta dish that doesn't involve a jarred sauce. Versions of this pasta dish are flying around social media like wildfire but we created this recipe to put our own special spin on it. I'm already ready for another dish less than 24 hours after first enjoying it and hope you give it a whirl - let me know how you enjoyed it!

Time To Prepare: About 25 minutes. Foodie Tips:

  • I'm a big fan of our family's Ninja Foodi! We use it about 3-5 times/week and it is not only faster than the oven, but it produces less heat. The instructions below are for air fryer baking - you can easily adapt this for your kitchen oven by using an oven-safe baking dish and allowing more time for cooking.

  • You can use your favorite pasta but we decided to use spaghetti for the inaugural making of this pasta bake. Pasta varieties that will "hug" your sauce just right include rigatoni, farfalle, or orecchiette.

  • This dish is remarkably adaptable - try it with your favorite protein (sliced chicken, or mini meatballs), spinach, and red pepper flakes if you like a little heat.

Ingredients: 5.2 Ounces | Boursin Garlic & Herb Cheese 10 Ounces (1 pint) | Grape Tomatoes

1 Handful | Fresh Mixed Herbs, Chopped (we used Flat Leaf Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, and Basil from our garden) 1-2 Tablespoons | Olive Oil (we used Olio Verde) 1 Tablespoon | Red Wine (we used Gabbiano Chianti for depth, yet is optional) To Taste | Kosher Salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper ½ Pound (8 ounces) | Spaghetti (we used Rao’s) 1-2 Cloves | Fresh Garlic, Minced (optional)

What To Do:

1. Prepare your tomatoes and herbs - wash the tomatoes, chop the herbs, and set them aside. 2. Unwrap and place the cheese in the center of your nonstick air fryer baking pan placed on the wire rack in the low position (we used our Ninja Foodi as noted above). You can also bake this in your oven, but it will take more time. 3. Place the tomatoes around the cheese. 4. Scatter the chopped herbs on top of the tomatoes and cheese.

5. Top everything with olive oil and wine and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 6. Place the pan in your air fryer and bake (don’t air fry) at 375 F° for 17-18 minutes, gently stirring halfway through the baking cycle. While this bakes the aroma that fills your house will have you excited for the end result. 7. While the tomatoes are baking, prepare your pasta according to the package instructions. Ours took 11 minutes for a perfect al dente finish.

8. When the tomatoes are done baking and they are nice and charred on top (not burned), stir them with a wooden or silicon spoon breaking the tomatoes up and stirring in the cheese as you go. You can add some fresh minced garlic into the sauce if you love lots of garlic flavor as we do.

9. Drain your pasta, and return to the pan. Add and combine the tomato-cheese sauce. You can add more herbs on top if you enjoy more herbs.

This is an amazing dish that yields two generous servings and the recipe can easily be doubled. Pairs well with a salad or your favorite pasta sidekicks.

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Joe Paul Reider

Joe Paul Reider

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