Thursday, April 8, 2010

Pasta alla Formiana

Doesn't the name alone just sound delicious?! A pasta that you don't have to cook ahead of time, not much prep, just a few steps and throw it into the oven!! We watched Giada De Laurentiis make this pasta dish on Food Network and even though i am not a big fan of tomatoes (btw, this recipe is all about the tomato!!) i still had to give it a try! And... it was pretty good!! When you bake a tomato it totally changes it... for the better i think!

Butter, for greasing
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
1/2 pound (8 ounces) mezze penne or other small pasta
1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1/4 cup dried oregano
2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 to 5 very ripe, extra-large or beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 450°. Butter an 8 by 8-inch baking dish. Set aside.

In a food processor, blend together the crushed tomatoes and garlic.

Pour into a medium bowl and add the uncooked pasta, 1/3 cup olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper. (Be sure to use a small pasta, i just used a regular penne and some of the pasta didn't cook all the way!) Toss until all the ingredients are coated.

Line the bottom and sides of the baking dish with tomato slices.

Pour the pasta mixture into the pan and spread evenly.

Arrange the remaining tomato slices in an overlapping layer on top of the pasta mixture, making sure the mixture is completely covered. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake until the tomatoes are slightly crispy and the pasta is cooked, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving.


  1. I remember watching Giada make this. Such a fun recipe and it looks gorgeous!

  2. This does indeed sound delicious!

  3. Great idea to line the pan with fresh tomato slices and something I will remember in August when our tomatoes come in!

  4. A delicious looking dish!



  5. I agree that roasted tomatoes have a special flavor, so yummy. But uncooked pasta baked? I'm surprised that Giada presented this. I've tried the lasagna with no-cook noodles and it tasted gummy to me. My Italian MIL always said that pasta had to be cooked in a lot of boiling salted water, and I have to agree. Shortcuts can be taken, but the end result just isn't as good.

  6. Yum - I especially love the tomato slices on top.

  7. Love Giada's recipes! THis looks awesome!

  8. This looks and sounds delicious! Giada is just the best!

  9. i love how this is encased in tomatoes... ingenious!

  10. I agree with you about the baked tomatoes. I am so looking forward to fresh tomatoes from my garden. This looks like such a nice recipe! ;)

  11. Lovely dish Michelle:) Baked tomatoes are an old favorite of mine and this dish sure does appear to display there "inner" beauty.

    Thanks for sharing...

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  13. My husband is a huge tomato fan and would just love this!