It's the simple things that are especially beautiful. Especially when it comes to food. That's why one of my banner rules in cooking is: Don't mess it up.
My friends and readers are always asking me to share recipes from my cooking adventures. Sometimes, it simply isn't possible because it's somebody else's recipe entirely and I don't want to violate a copyright. Sometimes I could do a better job of linking to recipes that are available online (I'll try to do that when I can). But today, I can give you a recipe that was inspired by Molly Wizenberg in her book A Homemade Life. I can give it to you because I adapted it enough to make it my own.
I started with a big Costco-size package of Roma tomatoes. I sliced them in half and tossed them by hand with some olive oil, fresh ground sea salt, and a couple pinches of coriander. I laid them out, face-up, in a large casserole dish and baked them for 5 1/2 hours at 200 degrees. They came out syrupy and juicy.
I sliced them into more manageable slices and tossed them with sliced garlic. Meanwhile, I cooked a big pot of whole wheat spaghetti. Then I tossed the spaghetti and sauce together and topped it with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and Italian parsley.
So simple, so easy. Some of the best pasta I've ever had....I could have eaten two plates. But I didn't...Maybe next time.