Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Well said, husband. He gets his point across honestly, but in a way that doesn't hurt my feelings. Did I mention that he was smart?
99% of the time, these "technically good" dinners involve tomatoes. The husband just doesn't like them. Maybe I'm delusional, but I'm convinced there is some magic tomato recipe he'll enjoy. So I keep forcing him to eat doggone tomatoes. He hasn't liked any of them. I should really just give it up.
Anyway, Therese, of dinner co-op fame, has the same tomato issue with her husband. He doesn't like them either! Recently, when both of our hubbies were otherwise engaged, we got together to make a dinner filled to bursting with these glorious, savory fruits.
We thoroughly enjoyed the easy and delicious pasta dish below, and I think it benefited our husbands, too. Since we got our fix, we won't be pestering them with tomatoes for at least a few more weeks. Although, you never know. Maybe this is the magic tomato recipe the husband will enjoy!
Penne with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, divided
2 pounds cherry tomatoes, halved
Salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon sugar (optional; use if your tomatoes are tart)
1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
4 cups baby spinach or arugula (or a combination)
6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and return to pot. Stir in spinach and/or arugula until it's wilted by the hot pasta. Pour the tomatoes and any accumulated juices from roasting into the pasta; stir gently to combine. Serve with goat cheese sprinkled on top.