Frank's Vegetarian Pasta

Serves 4


2 containers of Grape Tomatoes washed and cut into half.

4 tbsp. olive oil

3 large cloves of garlic sliced thinly

1 bay leaf

1 tbsp. fresh parsley chopped fine

1 tbsp. fresh basil chopped fine

2/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese divided

1 pound whole wheat penne pasta.

Method of preparation:

1.Have a pot of salted water boiling.

2.Drop the pasta in and start cooking. It takes 8 min to cook but in this case only 6 min.

3.So while working quickly, heat the oil in a large pan and add the garlic on high heat.

4.When it starts to lightly brown after about 2 min, add the tomatoes and saut them until they start to blister and get soft about 3-4 min.

5.Add the bay leaf and by then the pasta should be cooked at 6 min.

6.Drain the pasta off reserving a little pasta water about 1 cup.

7.Add the pasta to the tomato mixture, add 1/2 cup of the pasta water and stir gently until the juice start to become thickened if more is needed add the remaining water. Toss in 1/2 of the cheese and parsley and basil.

8.Mix well and place in a warm platter and add the remaining cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.