How’s your week going? Mine’s been a bit long for my liking to be honest. I know, I know. It’s already hump day. But I’m ready to be over this hump and hitting the gym on Friday afternoon before I welcome the weekend! I recently got a membership to the fitness center at my place of employment and have gotten totally hooked on working out after work. It’s such a stress reliever. Not that my job is all that stressful, but it sure feels good to sweat it out on the elliptical after sitting in an office all day. I usually try to get outside during the day for a quick walk around the block (weather allowing). But nothing replaces that feeling of getting super sweaty and out of breath while you watch Fixer Upper on HGTV. We don’t have cable at home so I genuinely look forward to my little mid-day indulgence with Chip and Joanna. Or Property Brothers. Or Flip or Flop. I’m not picky. Give me a show about rustic modern home renovation and I’m a happy camper.
I am also currently loving those tiny home shows. It’s kind of a dream of mine to someday live in one. Maybe in some trendy Oregon neighborhood or somewhere on a coastal city in sunny California. I think it would be nearly impossible (or maybe just not my cup of tea) to live in a tiny home with kids so I often picture myself as a retired gray haired lady with my equally retired and gray haired husband. And probably some cute little graying dog…
Spending the day sitting on a tiny porch reading a murder mystery, taking a break to make an extravagant vegan lunch with fresh picked veggies that we picked
that morning from our garden up from the farmers market that morning. Maybe taking a mid-afternoon hike around the property before enjoying a glass of wine as we make dinner. Snuggling into our loft bed early like old retired people do and waking up with the sun for a relaxing yoga session.
Damn. That sounds nice. So back to reality. I’m not feeling particularly motivated to make dinner tonight. And if I try to enjoy a glass of wine while I make it, I will almost certainly just want to take a nap. So I’ll settle for this super easy dinner and snuggle on the couch with my baby girl while we watch Moana for the 5th time.
Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce
- 3 pounds tomatoes, cored and cut into large wedges
- 2 white onions, roughly chopped
- 1 head garlic
- 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- Kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 16 oz. your favorite pasta (I love rigatoni), cooked al dente
- Parmesan cheese for garnish
- Fresh chopped basil or parsley for garnish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place tomato and onion in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with Italian seasoning and a few generous pinches of salt and pepper. Toss to coat veggies evenly. Slice head of garlic in half width wise and place cut side up onto a small piece of foil. Drizzle with remaining teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Fold corners of foil up towards the center, making a little pouch and sealing the garlic inside. Put tomato, onion and garlic into the oven and roast for 1 hour. Remove garlic after 45 minutes and allow to cool while the rest of the veggies continue to roast.
Remove from the oven and allow tomato and onion to cool for a few minutes. Then transfer to a high speed blender. Make sure you get all the juices too! Squeeze garlic from the peel and into the blender. Add chicken broth and blend on high for 3 minutes or until it’s smooth and well pureed.
Add cream and blend for just a few seconds until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste and toss with your favorite al dente pasta. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped basil and enjoy!