Cherry Tomato Pasta with Arugula and Flank Steak

July 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

Cherry Tomato Pasta

The other day I was at Farmer John’s, a local u-pick farm. My girls and I were picking end of season Albion strawberries with some friends. When we finished, we went into their store to pay for the strawberries and we saw some delicious looking pints of orange cherry tomatoes.


Our garden has only produced one orange tomato so far. My husband Dominic informed me casually one day last week, that it was delicious, and that he was sorry he did not share it with me. We purchased a pint of tomatoes that day with the following recipe in mind.

Onion Harvest

I started making this pasta a few years ago when we had an abundance of cherry tomatoes in our garden.  I was watching Jamie Oliver on TV, and he was making a smashed tomato pasta. This has been one of my favorite Summer recipes since, made with fresh ingredients, and whatever pasta you prefer. This time I chose to use some beautiful peppery arugula from our wonderful CSA, Oakhill Organics, and a half of and onion from our bountiful harvest.

Cherry Tomatoes in Bowl

Sometimes I add leftover meat, as you can see in the pictures. We had a delicious leftover flank steak begging to be included in the dish, so really, what could I do.  Most often we keep it vegetarian and let the tomatoes shine.

Cherry Tomato Pasta

It is a bit messy, but to this day, I still enjoy smashing the tomatoes with my hands and tearing them in half with my fingers, to help create this wonderful sauce.


Cherry Tomato Pasta with Arugula and Flank Steak
Recipe type: Main Course
Author: Jillian
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, smashed
  • 1/4 red pepper, chopped
  • large handful of sliced flank steak
  • healthy drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • healthy drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion sliced thin
  • 2 handfuls of arugula or fresh basil gently torn
  • tsp kosher salt
  • 3 grinds of black pepper
  1. Cook favorite pasta according to package (I like to use spaghetti)
  2. Smash and tear any kind of cherry tomatoes, over large bowl
  3. Add onion and red pepper
  4. Add arugula and/or basil to bowl
  5. Drizzle balsamic vinegar
  6. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil
  7. Add salt and pepper to bowl
  8. Stir to combine
  9. Drain cooked pasta and add to bowl. Use fingers or tongs to toss ingredients to combine.
  10. Serve to loved ones, and expect hugs and kisses after
  11. Possible additions: sliced or shredded chicken, sliced pork..









One Response so far.

  1. Oh my goodness, those photos are fantastic! That first one just made me want to slurp up my screen and the rest are beautiful too! I loved hearing about your trip to the U-pick and how you tear the tomatoes with your hands. Lovely!!


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