Pasta Al Forno Con Pomodori E Mozzarella

It is Secret Recipe Club time!  You remember, it's where participating bloggers are assigned a blog with the challenge of identifying a recipe, preparing it and then posting on a designated day.  I was really excited to be assigned Lavender and Lime!  Tandy says that she "loves to read about food, cook food and of  course, eat food!" That is quite evident when one is perusing her blog!  She is an accomplished, published, award winning cook with a wide variety of recipes from which to select.

I have been in a pasta mood of late so her dish, Pasta Al Forno Con Pomodori E Mozzarella caught my attention right away.  It is a very simple recipe yet packed with flavor.   She made it when she set a cooking challenge for herself of using at least one recipe from her stack  of cookbooks.  That would be daunting for all of us, to be sure....Tandy approached her personal challenge with this recipe from Jaime Oliver in his book, Jamie's Italy.

She used a very basic....tomato pasta sauce (your choice) layered with pasta and Parmesan cheese and then top it off with Mozzarella cheese (I used fresh Mozzarella).  Bake at 350° F for 20 minutes.  I used Tandy's basic tomato sauce recipe.  How simple is that?

Tomato Pasta Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic sliced
1 28 oz whole peeled tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried basil
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup red wine
A splash of red wine vinegar

Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
Add the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper.
Add the wine and vinegar.
Simmer for at least an hour.
Break apart the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon.
Adjust the seasoning and serve. 

The dish was quite flavorful...unfortunately, I had too much pasta for the amount of sauce that I had made.  Next time, and there will be a next time, I will know better!



  1. That looks like one big dish of comfort food at it's finest!

  2. This looks incredible!! Love pasta!

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen

  3. I love a good pasta sauce! Love the red wine in this, great recipe!

  4. This looks like my type of pasta! Delicious!

  5. There's nothing like a great pasta sauce!

  6. Baked pasta is always welcomed in our home. Tandy is a very good cook and I know she loves pasta so I'm sure she is happy that you chose this recipe.

  7. I just love trying new pasta sauces, don't you! This looks like a great recipe, and I am looking forward to making it!

  8. Love that it is so easy to make and I bet it tasted delicious!!!

  9. your dish looks delectable! I could take a huge bite right now :) Thank you for your very kind words. Tandy


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