I am constantly amazed at the Italians ability to make full-flavored dishes with the simplest of ingredients — such as these cherry tomatoes.


Yield: serves 8



  • 1/3 C. (75 g) butter
  • 1/4 C. (65 ml) olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 1/2 lbs. (1 kilo) cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 C. fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 lbs (600-700 g) pasta, any shape



1. Sauté the onion in butter and olive oil over low heat for about 5 minutes.

2. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half (or quarters if they’re large) and add them to the pan. Add the salt and basil and sauté for about 20 min- utes over low heat, stirring occasionally.

3. Add cumin and lemon juice; stir to combine flavors.

4. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and put it back in the pot; add the sauce and mix well. Serve into individual pasta bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


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