Creamy Roasted Tomato and Cheese Pasta

Food

HELLO and happy halloween ❤

*This blog post has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween (sorry!) but I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a while and today I had some free time so thought “What the heck’!*

A few weeks ago I went around to see a friend and she cooked me the most delicious (and super easy) pasta dish that I tried to replicate when I was in Spain, recently. Her’s was a lot more photogenic looking then mine but I’m still super happy with how my attempt turned out! I made a fresh tomato and garlic and herb cream cheese pasta (baked in the oven) and, oh my, it was tasty…

(See end of blog post for ingredients)



I went to the local supermarket and purchased fresh cherry tomatoes, basil and a tub of garlic and herb cream cheese along with a bag of penne pasta. One of the things I love about Spain is that the fresh food is always SO much nicer than in the UK. So shopping there is always really fun 🙂



After collecting all the ingredients I needed, I pre-heated the oven to 200 degrees and popped my cherry tomatoes in a baking dish with the whole tub of cream cheese in the centre and drizzled the tomatoes with olive oil.



Once that had baked in the oven for around 20-25 mins, a brought the baking dish out of the oven and used a spatula (or fork) to squish down any tomatoes that had not fully popped. I then put some basil leaves on top before placing the dish back in the oven for another 10 minuets.



Once that had all finished cooking in the oven, I started to boil some pasta ready for it to be incorporated into the tomato and cheese sauce.


*Another alternative way of cooking the pasta is using a tin of chopped tomatoes instead of fresh cherry tomatoes and letting the pasta cook in the oven with the tomato juice.*



And this was the end result! I also added salt and pepper when I incorporated the pasta into the sauce to help bring out the flavour. Even my boyfriend who isn’t a massive fan of cream cheese pasta dishes really enjoyed this meal!! I ended up making wayyy too much pasta for the two of us but we still managed to finish it off 😉

It’s super simple to make, minimal effort, tastes great and it doesn’t cost a lot to buy the ingredients. I really recommend making this on a lazy weekend when you feel like a comforting meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.

~Charlotte x


INGREDIENTS

Pasta of your choice

A tub of cherry tomatoes or a tin of chopped tomatoes

Fresh basil

Salt and cracked pepper

Olive oil

A tub of garlic cream cheese

Eating Our Way Through Cyprus

Food, Travel

//Good afternoon everyone,

This is the final post from my trip to Cyprus a few weeks ago… I should have posted this sooner but I feel so busy at the moment. (Where has the time gone?!)

Anyways~ I think that we can all agree that one of the best things about going on holiday is trying new foods and just eating LOADS and loads. Well…it’s one of my fav things to do anyway 😉

Pina Colada for me EVEY time (…the cherry matches my nails…)

Well, that’s what we did while in Cyprus! We ate out pretty much everyday and had fresh salads, bread, cheese, pastas, fruits and even some FAB cocktails.

Our favourite bar to eat at was called ‘Restomar’ because it was right on the harbour, covered in fairy lights and served some of the freshest food and cocktails ever!

This was one of our starters ~ it’s a Russian dish but the name escapes me.

Funnily enough, I know I just said how great the restaurant was but this ended up being our least favourite thing we tried the whole time we were there. It’s sourdough rye bread with tomato, and it’s not necessary a bad dish, it just wasn’t suited to our palates at all…but everything else was amazing haha (looks pretty in the photo though!)

Also, bread to share is always a must ❤

Fours dips came with the bread and these included beetroot caviar and hummus but I genuinely can’t remember the others (my fault for writing this blog post so late…oops).

I also had a strawberry daiquiri one night and WOW, it was lush 😍.

One of the main meals we had at Restomar was a mushroom risotto and a mushroom carbonara ~

Both were very tasty. My carbonara initially came with pancetta cubes but because I’m vegetarian I asked for it without, and they did this for me no problem! I liked that because some restaurants will not let you do that I’ve found, but they were super nice about it and it was so delicious!

I don’t have photos of our other meals, but we also tried a steak ( well Harrison did not me), vegan sushi (very yum), and Nachos. Harrison actually said the steak was one of the best cooked steaks he’s ever had 🙂

I’m a big fan of this place, and I’m a big fan of Cyprus. I hope I get to come back soon. //

Thanks for reading,

~ Charlotte x