Rigatoni with roasted plum tomatoes, caramelized red onions, and fresh mint


Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and pepper.
Place tomatoes in the oven, and bake for 45 minutes.
Roasted tomatoes. Let it cool for about 15-20 minutes.
Peel tomatoes and discard skins.
On a skillet, heat extra virgin olive oil over medium – high heat, and add diced garlic cloves until golden. Discard garlic and add onions. Reduce heat to low. Cook for about 30 minutes. If you prefer, add some water to prevent onions from burning. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add tomatoes, lemon juice, and mint.
Following package instructions, cook Rigatoni in a pot over boiling water.
When cooked, drain water from Rigatoni, and bring Rigatoni back to the pot. Add tomatoes, onions, and mint mixture to Rigatoni. Add Pecorino cheese.
Close the pot with the lid. Holding both handles with the hands and pressing down to seal the pot, shake the pot to allow ingredients to blend well.
Serve immediately.


“Can you cook me some pasta tomorrow evening? I really feel like pasta. It’s been a while since I have eaten it”: my Italian husband said.
Having been living in Italy for more than 10 years, and specially having been married to an Italian, I discover that pasta is for Italians what rice and beans are for Hondurans. We gotta have it – if not daily – almost every day of the week.
Compared to the average Italian household, I do not cook pasta often. This is partly because I am not Italian, so to me eating pasta every day is repetitive; partly because I am proud of my Latin American and Honduran culinary roots and I love showing my Italian friends how delicious and rich our culinary traditions are; and partly due to my strong Palestinian background, which keeps me cooking Middle Eastern dishes. Most of all, I love variety but it is hard to cook different cuisines in a country with a deep-rooted gastronomic culture. Therefore, Italian cooking is slightly predominant in my kitchen.




Friday, July 1, 2011 - 6:56am


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