My family loves Italian food, so we are always making yummy pasta dishes. My sister introduced me to this delicious recipe a few years ago.  It is really simple, but somehow you end up with a very flavorful sauce that is even better than the sum of its parts.  Add in some diced grilled chicken breast and a slice of garlic bread and you have a savory, budget friendly dinner!

Roasted Tomato Pasta

Serves 6

3 c. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
¼ c. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
½  tsp. salt
½  tsp. pepper
1 bag fresh spinach
16 oz. whole wheat spaghetti or angel hair
½ c. Parmesan cheese, grated
¼ c. fresh basil, chopped
¼ c. pine nuts, toasted (optional)
1 c. chicken, cooked & diced (optional)
Preheat your oven to 400º. Toss the tomatoes,vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and spread onto a non-stick cookie sheet.

Roast the tomatoes for 25 minutes until they are lightly browned and wrinkled. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. When the tomatoes are ready, scrape every last bit from the cookie sheet into a large bowl and add the spinach. Toss in the pasta, cheese and basil. Sprinkle with pine nuts and cubed chicken if desired.