I adapted this recipe from one that I saw Giada make on the Food Network. its so good and comfort food at its best to me! Despite it being incredibly easy, it looks impressive, so its perfect for making as a centerpiece for special occasions or when having company over!
Pasta alla Formiana
Adapted recipe from Food Networks Everyday Italian
What you need:
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
1/2 pound whole wheat Pennie pasta (8 ounces)
1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1/4 cup dried oregano (no that is not a typo, it is 1/4 cup. You have gotta love oregano to love this dish!)
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
4-5 very ripe, extra large beefsteak tomatoes, cut in 1/2 inch thick slices
Put oven rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease an 8x8 inch glass baking dish and set aside.
In a food processor, blend together crushed tomatoes and garlic. Pour into a medium bowl and add uncooked pasta, 1/4 cup olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper. Toss until all ingredients are coated.
Line the bottom and sides of baking dish with tomato slices.
Drizzle the top with a little extra olive oil, and bake until the tomatoes are crispy, and the pasta is cooked, about 1 hour. let cool 5 minutes before serving.
Then pour the pasta/tomato sauce mixture in the dish on top of the tomatoes.
Layer tomatoes on the top, to completely cover the pasta mixture.