Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Two Cheeses

By Nigella Lawson, from the Nigella Lawson Quick Collection Application

Funnily enough, although I seem to be cooking pasta for my children on a permanent loop, I don’t have it for supper myself that often. It’s not that I don’t like it: rather, I like it too much. So it’s always a treat, but this pasta is a particular one, a top-treat, good for a supper to lift the spirits after a long working day or in front of Saturday night telly.
Although this dish was inspired by a long-ago torn-out recipe from a magazine (long-ago lost too!), it has been fiddled with over the years, so I am not sure that it is very faithful to the original.

2 tbsps garlic oil
250g cherry tomatoes, preferably on the vine
2 tbsps dry vermouth (or white or rosé wine)
250g pappardelle pasta
75g St Agur or other soft blue cheese
25g Parmesan flakes
1-2 tbsps chopped chives
good handful of basil leaves
freshly ground pepper

1 Preheat the oven to 220°C / 425 F. Heat a large pan of water for the pasta.
2 Put the oil into a small, deep roasting tin and add the little tomatoes, without any attached stem. Shake to coat as best you can.
3 Pour the vermouth or wine over them and roast in the oven for 15 minutes, by which time some of their redness will have seeped into the oil.
4 Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, then drain it and toss into the hot cooked tomatoes still in the tin.
5 Crumble in the blue cheese, then toss in the flakes of Parmesan and keep stirring until the cheeses melt into the pasta.
6 Add the chives and some pepper to taste and decant into 2 bowls, tossing most of the basil leaves through in each bowl, but topping with a few.

Serves 2 for a greedy supper

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