Pasta with slow-roasted cherry tomatoes and cream is rich and indulgent with bursts of juicy tartness from the roasted tomatoes.
pasta with slow-roasted cherry tomatoes and cream

So, I’m kind of jumping the gun on tomato season.

But it was eighty degrees outside BOTH DAYS this weekend and as a result both my body and my food cravings are confused. They want sweet as candy juicy orbs of fruits-disguised-as-vegetables and they want them NOW.


Preferably of the organic, heirloom, locally grown variety.

Not that they’re high maintenance or anything. ::snicker::

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Luckily cherry tomatoes taste fairly good year-round, especially when they’re roasted to deeply sweet, caramelized perfection.

And tossed with a cream sauce.

(Although, if we’re being honest, anything would taste good with cream sauce. Even celery. And that’s saying something.)

This luscious, comfort-full pasta is perfect for those not-quite-summer but not-still-spring days when you’re not quite sure what to crave, while simultaneously craving everything. Plus it’ll help you stave off your tomato withdrawals long enough to ensure that when you do finally crack, the tomatoes will actually taste like tomatoes and not bland, lifeless red mealy spheres.

Win, on all counts.


Pasta with Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Cream
This pasta with slow-roasted cherry tomatoes and cream is rich and indulgent with bursts of juicy tartness from the roasted tomatoes.
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1½ lb cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 1 lb pasta
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the cherry tomatoes, olive oil, ½ tsp salt and black pepper to taste. Put on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes, or until the tomatoes start to burst and pucker up.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the shallot and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 7 minutes. Scrape in the tomatoes and their juices. Add the thyme and the cream, stirring to combine. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Stir in the basil right before combining with the pasta.
  5. Cook the pasta in the boiling water until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Return the pasta to the pot and toss with the sauce. Add in ½ cup of the parmesan cheese. Add water if necessary to loosen up the sauce. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  6. Serve with extra parmesan cheese.
Very slightly adapted from The Glorious Vegetables of Italy
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe

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74 Responses to Pasta with Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Cream

  1. If I could eat veggie pasta every day, I probably would. This looks so yummy!

  2. I’m all over tomatoes already too….it’s hard not to be!! Trying this….immediately.

  3. Sune Moolman says:

    This looks super fresh and summery, I love the colours.
    We’re facing temperatures below zero on our side and I’ve a creamy sundried tomato pasta dish planned for dinner tomorrow to go with the cold.
    Enjoy your time in the sun! 🙂

  4. A beautiful, simple dish…love! I should probably start buying stock in grape and cherry tomatoes, at the rate we’ve been buying them lately.

  5. I could totally eat this every day this summer. So good!

  6. I saw a huge container of cherry tomatoes at costco this past week – should’ve picked them up for this pasta dish! Love that you slow roasted them! Thanks for linking up my sundried tomato fettuccine 🙂

  7. Johanna GGG says:

    oh where was your luscious tomato sauce when my mum and I made pasta this afternoon – though our pasta wasn’t as pretty as that curly stuff (and actually tomatoes are not in season here – sob)

  8. Min says:

    Oh how I heart cherry tomatoes! However, they got no love from me this week as I encountered a container of these gorgeous baby heirlooms at Trader Joe’s. Sorry guys. But yes, roasted tomatoes are the bomb! Now this is a meal I can chow down today. Happy Monday, Joanne!

  9. Kathryn says:

    Yes! This sounds totally and utterly up my street – making this for dinner as soon as the tomato-hating boyfriend is out for the evening.

  10. Teffy Perk says:

    Ha! I’ve actually been craving pasta these days, no idea why!
    Haven’t had it in aaages, and I am now considering buying some delicious quinoa pasta to make today!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  11. I can’t wait for full blown tomato season!! This pasta is just what I need to get in the mood. Love!!

  12. Oh yum!!!! Logan’s new thing is tomatoes so I feel like I’m on tomato overload, but this will change it up and keep mommy’s taste buds happy.

  13. I love cherry tomatoes – I keep them on the counter and just pop them in my mouth – although I love roasted cherry tomatoes too. Love how easy and delicious this recipe sound!

  14. I’m ready for good tomatoes too. No more of this flown-to-the-east-coast stuff.

  15. I can’t wait to jump the gun on tomato season. My friend just bought his first farmers’ market tomato…for $2.50! Can’t say I’m quite there with him yet getting the season’s first, but I’ll be all over it once they do finally arrive.

  16. Cassie says:

    I adore roasted tomatoes, especially this time of year. This sounds amazing, friend!

  17. I am not a huge pasta fan, but, Joanne – your photos and pasta recipes have me drooling and rethinking my pasta dislike! This looks fabulous! So fresh and ooh yum!

  18. If pasta didn’t have so high carbs, I really would eat them every meal…yes, even breakfast!
    This is so comforting and tasty, Joanne.

  19. Barbara says:

    Now this is MY cup of tea, Joanne! Simple and delicious. Fabulous photos.

  20. I want to devour this! I am a HUGE fan of cherry tomatoes and the cream, forget about it.

  21. Abby says:

    Tomato season is roaring here, and I’m just in love with this recipe. Looks absolutely amazing!

  22. Heather says:

    Mmm… simple and satisfying – looks fantastic!

  23. sandra says:

    I had the same feeling this weekend and made a tomato dish as well!!

  24. Woah loving this!! What could be better than slow roasted tomatoes AND cream! YUM!

  25. Kinsey says:

    I adore oven roasted cherry tomatoes until they just start to burst. I keep them in the fridge and add them to everything. This pasta is next on the list!

  26. Daniela says:

    I love pasta and this combination looks divine!
    The cherries tomatoes add such a lovely touch of flavor and color.

  27. Looks oh so gorgeous with that cream sauce. Yummy! Can’t wait for tomato season here in PA. I’m reading and waiting….
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  28. Julia says:

    Absolutely gorgeous plate o’ nutrish, my dear! I hear ya on ‘maters – I seem to be craving the fruit/veggie, too! Hope you had a lovely weekend.

  29. Pam says:

    You have me drooling with this pasta…. there is nothing better than roasted tomatoes!

  30. Slow roasted tomatoes are one of my fav treats! It’s been in the triple. frieking. digits here for 3 weeks! Luckily that means tomatoes, peaches and watermelon are plentiful at the farmers market.

  31. It has been above 100 degrees here for a few weeks now and tomato season is full on where I live! As much as I love to eat cherry tomatoes raw, roasting them has become my new obsession! They become so sweet and delicious and are perfect in pasta. The addition of the cream sauce looks amazing!

  32. YUM! Great recipe, we make something very similar, and just love the addition of the cream. YUMMY Pasta dish, its making me hungry! 🙂

  33. cheri says:

    This is my favorite way to eat pasta hands down, love what happens to tomatoes when you roast them and love cream sauce. Happy Monday Joanne!

  34. Kate says:

    we are so not there yet with tomatoes, but I’m counting down the days till we are.

  35. gloria says:

    This pasta look amazing Joanne! Love it!

  36. I love this creamy tomato sauce idea! Cherry, plum, grape, and heirloom tomatoes are popping up everywhere around here, so I’ve been looking for different ways to cook with tomatoes. Thanks for sharing!

  37. It’s almost tomato season here so I can’t wait to start picking them off the vine and eating them right away! This recipe has me pumped!

  38. I love roasted cherry tomatoes and would adore them in this creamy pasta!!

  39. Susan says:

    This looks fabulous! One to save for when my cherry tomato plants start producing! Duly noted 🙂

  40. I’m pretty sure I could live on roasted tomatoes. And pasta. And cream. So pretty much this dish, all day, every day.

  41. Eileen says:

    Hey, celery tastes awesome with cream sauce! Maybe in a gratin… 🙂 ANYWAY. This pasta sounds so simple and delicious, and absolutely perfect for summer. Also, now I need to go find some of those curlicue pasta shapes!

  42. The fact that I’ve been eating all tomato and cheese dishes, probably means we have the same brain. My brain is LOVING this pasta, definitely pinning!

  43. Deena Kakaya says:

    In don’t know if you saw my I Instagram but guess what I roasted today (very slowly) yep! Same as you. Now your pic has made me wanted to do them again, in that way. Yum x

  44. You had me at cream. I LOVE pasta and cream. Bring it on.

  45. Leah Davis says:

    Gorgeous photos!! Roasted cherry tomatoes are the bomb – I can’t wait for summer tomatoes!!

  46. Slow-roasted tomatoes are the BEST FOOD EVAAAR. I don’t even like raw tomatoes and I’m pretty meh about cooked tomatoes, but I will put slow-roasted tomatoes in everything I eat. What a perfect dinner!

  47. Those tomatoes are totally gorgeous! As is this pasta – it looks so amazing!! I love that noodle shape – so fun!

  48. Megan says:

    This looks amazing and I have planted lots of cherry and pear tomatoes, so hopefully they will grow and I can make this!

  49. Monica says:

    I adore roasted tomatoes and this is divine. I need to find this pasta shape!

  50. P says:

    This looks way way better than mac and cheese! The spirals are so cute!!

  51. This is my kind of pasta! I love the combination of the cherry tomatoes with the white sauce. So creamy and delicious!

  52. I love slow roasted tomatoes and with pasta that’s even better 🙂

  53. Nicole, RD says:

    The tomatoes have been great so far this year…never jumping the gun when they’re good 🙂 And this pasta…swoooon 🙂

  54. Lynn says:

    I’m salivating over this!

  55. First off, i love your choice of noodles 🙂 Second, I’m not usually a cream sauce fan but I love how light this one is once it’s mixed with the tomatoes. It looks awesome!!!

  56. Danguole says:

    I’m sooo excited about tomato season. I’ve been cheating and buying pre-season ones to tide me over (shhhh).

    And I totally thought about Fusili Jerry as soon as I saw the (gorgeous, btw) pictures!

  57. It’s totally summer now 🙂 This pasta looks so delicious!

  58. I LOOOOVE cherry tomatoes in pasta! This dish looks so summery yet still comforting and homey. LOVE IT

  59. Kate says:

    Roasted cherry tomatoes are what dreams are made of. Add cream and pasta and I’m in heaven. This dish looks incredible, Joanne.

  60. Ooh this just looks perfect!! I could eat pasta every day…adding this one into the rotation!!

  61. I am so ready for the tomatoes in the garden to be ready, but only trouble it will be a while for that to happen. I love this pasta and roasted cherry tomato dish. I love eating pasta dishes like this one.

  62. Reeni says:

    We must be on the same wavelength because there’s all kinds of tomatoes in my kitchen right now! This looks absolutely delicious. I am so craving it right now. Real bad. Roasted tomatoes rock.

  63. Christine says:

    Adding this to my list of pastas “to make”. This looks so good. Think I’ll have to go to Cost Plus to see if I can find curly cue noodles like these. Apparently the buyer for Von’s isn’t very imaginative in the pasta selection dept. Oh, and the countdown to real tomato season has kicked into full gear!

  64. I’ve been craving pasta lately. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to make something similar.. if my tomato plant produces this year.

  65. Joanne, how did I miss this one? I LOVE roasted tomatoes and can’t believe I’ve never tried this before (adding a little ‘splash’ of cream, I mean). As simple recipes like this are right up my street, I’ll definitely be trying it soon! 🙂

  66. That curly pasta is adorable! And tomatoes + cream are always wonderful. Sigh, it’s forever till tomato season properly comes around here again, but there are always canned cherry tomatoes till then…

  67. Courtney says:

    I love tomato season, and luckily, Clara eats cherry tomatoes like they’re candy. Well, except that she hasn’t ever eaten candy, but you get my point. We happen to have a lot of cherry tomatoes here right now, so this dinner is going on the menu for this week. She’s going to love it!

  68. Lynna says:

    I love love loveee roasted tomatoes are used in pasta cream. Plus, i totally love cherry tomatoes! (I used love way too many times in this comment…LOL)

  69. elly says:

    How could you NOT be craving this? It looks an sounds amazing.

  70. I’m italian and “fusilli bucati corti” are my favorite type of pasta! Your dish looks delicious!
    Regards from Barcelona!!


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