Tomato Pasta, the home grown variety

I haven’t made a tomato pasta since we came off the boat, and with the amount of tomatoes we have now, I needed to do something!
Hubby can’t eat them, though when I skinned some for a spag bol a little while ago, the reaction wasn’t quite as severe as it had been having just cut them up. Luckily, he can still have tinned ones.

Today’s dinner was a his and hers. I had an odd piece of fish in the freezer from MOH’s visit, so Hubby had that and I made a pasta bake for me.
I learned a long time ago that if you soak the pasta quills in boiling water whilst preparing everything else, they are ready for your mix without further cooking.

I chopped six of our medium sized tomatoes, then one of our small onions, and a handful of runner beans that I’d just picked.
I put them all in a saucepan with a little water, a few italian herbs and a vegetable stock cube, bringing it gently to the boil so that the liquid absorbed the stock to make a sauce rather than dry mix.
By the time the mix was soft, so was the pasta which I then drained and put both in a dish.
I topped it with grated cheese and segmented tomato garnish, then put it in the oven for twenty minutes together with Hubby’s fish.
I added his wedges for a further fifteen minutes (so thirty five in all) and then dished up.
I couldn’t make up my mind which picture was best, and the end result was really nice, even if I say so myself, so I’ll make it again.
Total cost for my dinner, about 25p (3p for the stock cube, 20p for the cheese and 2p for the pasta).

Note (i):
The dish was a small individual size not the one I usually use for our lasagna, which I used as a spill tray to protect the cooker just in case the cheese bubbled over the top.

Note (ii):
In my previous pasta dishes, I’ve added fresh garlic and fresh ginger for that extra zing, but this is the first time I’ve used green beans. It was very tasty and I enjoyed it, though next time I’ll cook the beans for a little longer as although they were done, they were still on the firm side. Depends how you like your beans I suppose.



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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Tomato Pasta, the home grown variety

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    It all looks yummy!

  2. Laura M. Bailey says:

    Whoa! Yum!

  3. Too bad about your hubby and tomatoes. They are one of my favorite meals. Glad you make it work.

  4. SarahC says:

    i chuckle when you say came off the boat, but then i remember you lived on one! yes enjoyable to grow tomatoes, we miss our garden as stuck apartment dwellers now…

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