Dec 4, 2012

Fusilli with Capers, Cherry Tomatoes and Warm Red Onion Vinaigrette

I have two home remedies that work almost every time: going out for a walk and taking a shower. Whether I have a headache, am cold or too hot, very happy, need perspective, angry or whatever good or bad mood that particular day brought, doing one of those things usually works.

Water has a soothing effect, and it changes my mood if it´s not good, or expands my happy feelings. I know there are books written about the properties of water, so I´m not surprised. Another habit I have is going out for a walk. Sometimes I walk for an hour or more. No power walk, not at all. This is my way of connecting with myself. As weird as it sounds it even works when I walk amongst others, along crowded streets.

But that is not so pleasant when I have to walk on a hot, humid day doing unavoidable errands, the kind you wish didn't exist, which include anything from paying something or going to the bank, to, the worst of them all, getting things like your driver's licence or passport. We should be cloned into little versions of us and let them do all the hard work. 

So today was a long, sweaty day, full of no-fun-at-all errands.

So while I wait for the inevitable rain that will come, and soon, I put together this simple pasta dish. I had some vinaigrette left from this beef and asparagus recipe. Add to that some cherry tomatoes, capers and good parmesan and it even sounds like you had a plan. Which I didn't of course.

I like to char my tomatoes and garlic before adding the capers and rest of the ingredients. The capers and balsamic vinaigrette add a tangy flavor to this. It's more like a warm pasta salad than your usual hot cheesy pasta.


If you don't want to make the whole recipe for the vinaigrette, add a small red onion, sliced, together with the tomatoes. Add 1 or 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar and 4 Tbs oil together with the capers.

Serves 2


2 cups dry fusilli pasta
3 Tbs olive oil
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 or 2 garlic cloves, peeled
¼ cup capers
½ cup Red Onion Vinaigrette
Parmesan cheese shavings
Parsley, chopped for garnish


Cook pasta in salted water according to manufacturer´s directions.
Meanwhile heat olive oil in large skillet. Mash peeled garlic and add to the skillet together with the cherry tomatoes. Cook on medium-high heat until charred and beginning to release their juices, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Add capers and cook 1 minutes. Add red onion vinaigrette and heat for 1 minute.
Drain pasta and transfer to skillet. Mix well with the sauce and remove from heat.
Divide evenly between two plates, top with parmesan shavings and chopped parsley and drizzle with olive oil.


  1. I get miserable when it's unbearable outside and I have to run errands and get things done. This would definitely put me in a good mood, though - love the roasting of the tomatoes!

  2. I know the feeling of those hot humid days when walking is not that fun. The summers can get almost unbearable here.

    Your pasta is calling my name. I swear I see my name on that bowl.

  3. I love everything about this recipe, yum!

  4. Yes, I find water soothing too. I've lived on two islands before coming to Colorado so this land-locked feeling is something I haven't had in a while. There is a state park and a reservoir nearby and that will have to do for now, it's a great place to walk. I'd love to return home from a walk to this recipe waiting for me for dinner!

  5. That sounds amazing, Paula! There is nothing like a walk on the beach for me. And, you're right, it puts everything into perspecitve, somehow.

  6. I know exactly what you mean my friend regarding humid weather!
    I could definitely use a nice bowl of this pasta!

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Ok, I LOVED the idea of the little clones. I want one, so if you sort the way to make them, count me in! Today my car ran out of battery, at 11 am, with this heat! I wanted to die. And now I want to eat that salad for dinner!

  8. Love the pop of the cherry tomatoes!

  9. We love a simple pasta dish in this house, especially light ones as summer rolls in. Great combination of ingredients!

  10. such a fresh, light salad paula. and so colourful!
    fresh air and taking the time to appreciate nature helps restore my sense of me, as well.

  11. Nice thing for dinner! Christmas colors! :)

  12. This is a very lovely pasta dish! I love using capers.

  13. Paula, very lovely and healthy looking lunch/dinner! I love these kinds of pasta dishes!

  14. What a terrific way to re-purpose the red onion vinaigrette! You are brilliant, my friend! And capers - I love them in so many dishes. We even began to grow capers here last year and they bloomed a lot but we didn't have enough at any one time to make a small batch. Maybe this summer... ~ David

    1. Wow, growing your own capers! Kudos to you David!

  15. Que buena la pasta.
    Un saludito

  16. Now that's my kinda meal! Looks absolutely fantastic!


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