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Penne with Roasted Grape Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

March 26, 2010

By Kath Dedon


This is another winner from Diane Rossen Worthington’s Seriously Simple. She adapted it from a recipe from food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins. I scaled it down for 2 – 3 servings and decided it needs more tomatoes. So my recipe reflects that change.

It’s important to use the best ingredients for such a simple recipe. Everything counts. I bought an A La Francaise baguette for the bread crumbs. The rest of the loaf was a great accompaniment for the pasta.


Penne with Roasted Grape Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

(Adapted from a recipe in Seriously Simple, by Diane Rossen Worthington)


(Printable recipe)


Serves 2 – 3 (double to serve 4 – 6)



1 pound grape tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 oz. penne

¼ cup chopped fresh basil



Preheat the oven to 400˚.

Cut the tomatoes in half and put in a baking dish.

Combine the garlic, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and stir.

Spoon the bread crumb mixture over the tomatoes and drizzle the olive oil over everything.



Roast for 30 – 35 minutes.

About 10 minutes before the tomatoes are done, cook the penne in a large pot of salted boiling water. Drain and add the pasta and basil to the tomatoes in the baking dish. Stir and serve.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2010 9:09 am

    Yum! This looks so good and easy. I love roasted tomatoes. Last year I had soooo many cherry tomatoes and slow-roasted a bunch. I still have some tucked away in the freezer… may have to dig them out and try them with this. Thanks!

  2. Rhett permalink
    January 2, 2011 7:37 pm

    Enjoyed this tonight with my roommates! We liked it, and are planning to make it again sometime soon. We’re thinking of throwing in some spicy sausage the next time around. Thanks for the recipe!

    • January 2, 2011 9:20 pm

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Rhett! Spicy sausage would be a great addition!

  3. July 16, 2011 10:43 pm

    I made it 4 days ago and it was delicious, so much so, that my family has requested that I make it again for dinner tonight. I’ll accompany it with chicken parmigiana and a glass of white. Katrina

    • July 17, 2011 6:34 am

      I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed it, Katrina! Chicken Parmigiana and wine would be great with it! 😉

  4. November 26, 2011 4:17 pm

    My hubby is out buying what I don’t have in the house for this recipe….thanks! I will let u know how it goes! YUUMMM!

  5. August 17, 2017 2:53 pm

    Pinned! Looks so good 🙂

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