Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic Roasted Tomatoes

Take a walk on the Italian side with this amazing pasta dish.  Smell the aroma of garlic in the air, hear the Italian music in the background, and enjoy this flavorful dish. Kick it up a notch with fresh cherry tomatoes and basil harvested straight from your AeroGarden! Buon appetito! 



Roasted Tomatoes

  • 1 cup (5 oz) cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt and pepper


  • 4 oz. whole wheat spaghetti (or regular)

  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated, plus more for topping

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

  • ½ tsp black pepper, coarsely ground

  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped



  1. For the roasted tomatoes: Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the ingredients for the roasted tomatoes on a baking sheet and mix together. Roast for 15-18 minutes, until the tomatoes are softened and wilted in appearance.

  2. For the pasta: Meanwhile, boil salted water and cook pasta according to package directions, minus 1 minute to keep the pasta al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.

  3. In a large skillet at medium-high heat, add the olive oil, butter, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if you want), swirling the pan, until the butter is melted.

  4. Reduce the temperature to low heat and stir in a ¼ cup of pasta water before adding in the pasta and parmesan cheese. Using tongs, toss and stir the pasta until the cheese is melted and the pasta is well coated. Add a tablespoon of pasta water at a time to get to your desired saucy consistency.

  5. Gently toss in the roasted tomatoes and half of the chopped basil. Plate and sprinkle the remaining basil and additional parmesan cheese on top. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Courtesy of Yay! For Food.


You can grow some of the ingredients in this recipe right from your AeroGarden with these seed pod kits:

Cherry Tomatoes

-- Heirloom Cherry Tomato Kit (For Farm Models)

-- Mighty Mini Cherry Tomato Seed Pod Kit

-- Golden Harvest Cherry Tomato Seed Pod Kit

-- Red Heirloom Cherry Tomato Seed Pod Kit

-- Salad Bar Seed Pod Kit (For Farm & Farm Plus Models)

-- Salsa Garden Seed Pod Kit

-- Mega Cherry Tomatoes Seed Pod Kit (Tall Garden Kit)


-- Pesto Basil Seed Pod Kit

-- International Basil Seed Pod Kit 

-- Cocktail & Mocktail Herb Blend 

-- Pizza Herb Seed Pod Kit

-- Gourmet Herbs Seed Pod Kit 

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