Fire Island Pasta

This slightly spicy dish goes great with the Monterey Cheese Bread I posted about Wednesday! 

Fire Island Pasta

  • 2 lbs plum tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 uncooked ziti (or your favorite pasta)
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage links, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Toss the tomatoes with 2 tbsp of the oil.  Place on a large baking sheet and toss with garlic and salt.  Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until tender.  Let cool and chop into bite size pieces.

Cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last 4 minutes of cooking.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage in remaining oil until no longer pink.   Add red pepper flakes; cook one minute longer.  Stir in tomatoes and heat through.  Drain pasta mixture; toss with sausage mixture.  Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

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