Penne Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

pearl tomato pasta

I clearly remember when I started eating Pasta, it was not that long ago, I guess 4 years !! So, it was one such evening  when I had called Arvind for dinner; he was my BF then,  and wanted to make something special and different ( you know the common saying ‘ the way to Man’s heart is through his stomach’ ) I think I wanted to implement that 😉 That’s when I had made my first Pasta attempt , searched all over the net for something that looked simple and easy. If you know me, you will also know that I cannot follow recipe point by point. So after doing research for an hour or so , I decided to make something very simple with just onions and cilantro and lots of cheese .. dipped  in cheese, and it worked .. he loves cheese ( I did my homework 😉 ) .
Since then I never stopped my Pasta experiments and I became quite famous for my pasta dishes .. just among my friends ! I tried it with vegetables , I tried it in Indian style , spicy , tangy .. and I enjoyed all the type. Although I have to say that I have restricted my dishes to mainly using Penne / Rigatoni/ Fussili and today I learned that there are 600 different shape of Pasta .. wow !! Long Long way to go ..
This dish is a simple Penne Pasta with cherry tomatoes which is going for the event Presto Pasta Night# 197, conducted by the guest host Girlichef,event by Ruth.
I like with some garlic bread or some red wine.

pearl tomato pasta

Penne Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes


  • 3 cups Penne pasta
  • about 10 to 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup cheese, I used Pepper Jack Cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • oil, I used olive oil


  1. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half
  2. In a baking pan combine the tomatoes, spinach and bread crumbs with some salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle with oil and let it bake for 18 to 20 mins at 350 F
  4. In the mean time you boil the pasta with some salt and little oil. (It's very important to season the pasta when you boiling it. You add oil to avoid them from sticking to one another)
  5. Once the pasta is cooked , take it out of water and pour in a big bowl.
  6. Once the baking is done, mix it with the boiled pasta in bowl.
  7. Add the cheese and toss it properly.
  8. Taste for salt and add some pepper at the end.

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  • Krithi
    January 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Love pasta..
    You have a wonderful space here..!

  • Heather @girlichef
    Heather @girlichef
    January 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Oh, I think you have it all figured out…the way to my hubby’s heart was definitely through his stomach 😉 Your dish sounds and looks wonderful. I’m so glad you shared it with Presto Pasta Nights this week. Thank you!

  • Ruth
    January 18, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    What a wonderful first dish to share with Presto Pasta Nights. I do hope to see many more as you work your way through 599 other pastas ;-D

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    January 18, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Yummy! I never cooked pasta this way, love to try your version soon…

  • Soumya
    January 18, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Delicious pasta…
    loved your space…u have got great collection of delicious recipes….

  • Raji
    January 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Awesome!! Pasta is looking delicious..I can have pasta at any time of the day..urs is looking so tempting.. U have a wonderful space with delicious food.

  • PremalathaAravindhan
    January 18, 2011 at 8:24 PM


    First time here,have wonderful space!

    Do visit mine if u find time…

  • Priya
    January 19, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Slurp,tempting pastas,soooooo delicious;.

  • jaisy
    January 19, 2011 at 4:48 AM

    delicious pasta

  • jaisy
    January 19, 2011 at 4:49 AM

    delicious pasta recipe

  • Mary
    January 19, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    This sounds wonderful and it obviously worked :-). I love to visit here. I really like the food you feature. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  • Aipi
    January 19, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Wow! that looks fantastic… very nice color and done just right. I could eat a whole plate-full 🙂

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  • The Food Hunter
    The Food Hunter
    January 21, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    This sounds really good.

  • torviewtoronto
    February 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    delicious and healthy dinner looks wonderful

  • natalie
    February 19, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    If this is anything like the pasta you served way back when, no wonder he’s you hubby now. 🙂 Looks delicious!

  • Kate @
    Kate @
    February 19, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    Lovely dinner plate! The cherry tomatoes are so good when baked.

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