Pasta alla Formiana is a quick and very simple dish that you can make with ingredients that you can find at the grocery store.
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, with juice
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
2 cups (8 ounces) mezze penne or other small pasta
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
5 ripe beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
In food processor, blend crushed tomatoes and juice, chicken broth, and garlic. Pour into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in uncooked pasta, 3 tablespoons olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
Line bottom and sides of the baking dish with one-half to two-thirds of the tomato slices; pour in pasta mixture. Arrange remaining tomatoes on top. Drizzle with remaining olive oil.
Put dish on a rimmed baking sheet; bake 30 minutes, or until tomatoes are slightly crispy and pasta is cooked. Cool 5 minutes.
Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner. Copyright 2012 by Giada De Laurentiis. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc.
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