A medley of ripe cherry tomatoes burst within minutes of contact with high heat, and release juices that melt into a sauce of olive oil, garlic, and red-pepper flakes—just perfect for tossing with pasta for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. In the unlikely event of leftovers, this pasta is great at room temperature, too.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2020

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Credit: Frédéric Lagrange

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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  • If you aren't using any tomatoes on vine, skip to step 2. Otherwise, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium. Add tomatoes on vine, season with salt, and cook, gently stirring, until skins begin to pucker, about 3 minutes, depending on size. Transfer to a plate.

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  • Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in skillet over medium-high. Add garlic and remaining tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes are just beginning to break down, 3 to 5 minutes. Add red-pepper flakes and season with salt. Remove from heat.

  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water 1 minute less than package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain pasta and return to pot. Add 1/3 cup pasta water, tomato mixture, and Parmigiano.

  • Cook over medium heat, tossing, until pasta is evenly coated, about 2 minutes, adding more pasta water as needed. To serve, top pasta with ricotta and sautéed tomatoes on the vine (if using); drizzle pasta with oil, then sprinkle with more red-pepper flakes and basil.

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