There’s a brand new Trader Joe’s about a one mile walk away from my apartment. It feels like a little piece of suburbia has been planted in the middle of this concrete jungle.
A little taste of suburbia is just what this city girl needs.
Tonight’s dinner was simple yet delicious (and 1/2 the price thanks to being able to shop at Trader Joe’s and not Whole Paycheck).
It started by roasted garlic and shallots in a bit of EVOO.
Followed by roasting grape tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil, sea salt, pepper and oregano.
While the tomatoes roasted, I bowled water, cooked the pasta and
After roasting, I threw the garlic, shallot, tomatoes and a few basil leafs into the food processor for a quick spin.
The pasta was plated, covered with Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil Sauce and topped off with freshly shaved parmesan, romano and asiago cheese.
Easy Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil Sauce
- 1 Garlic Head
- 1 Shallot
- 16 ounces grape tomatoes
- 1/4 cup of kalamata olives
- 5 basil leaves
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Sea Salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- oregano to taste
Heat the oven at 350 degrees. Cut the end off of both the garlic and shallot, rub with olive oil, then wrap in an aluminum tent. Roast for 40 minutes. Mix tomatoes, 1/2 T. of olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano in bowl. Lightly oil pan then add tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes start to “pop” (about 40 minutes). Chop olives. After roasting add the tomatoes, garlic, olives and shallot to food processor along with 3-5 basil leaves. Pulse until desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
What do you prefer the city or the suburbs? Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods?