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.
Pasta of your choice
A tub of cherry tomatoes or a tin of chopped tomatoes
Salt and cracked pepper
A tub of garlic cream cheese