Thursday, May 24, 2007

Spaghetti with Sweet Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Oil

I adapted this from a recipe by Jamie Oliver, his had marjoram and garlic, also good additions. Too, I added chicken, Jamie's recipe being originally vegetarian. Either way, it is quite delicious and easy to assemble, a good quick nutritious meal for a busy night.

Spaghetti with Sweet Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Oil
1/2 lb. dried spaghetti
10-12 ripe cherry tomatoes, red and yellow
1 good handful of fresh basil, leaves picked
5-6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp hazelnut oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 chicken breast, grilled and sliced
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Put your pasta into a large pot of salted boiling water and cook until al dente (7-9 minutes). While it's cooking, halve the tomatoes and put them into a large bowl, squishing several of them to get the juice out. Add the basil, olive and hazelnut oil and balsamic vinegar. Season to taste. Grill the chicken till done, 4 minutes per side. Drain the pasta, and while still steaming hot, mix well with the tomato mixture, check the season, add the cooked chicken and serve.

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