penne with stuffed tomatoes

i wanted to make pasta. and these stuffed tomatoes. so it worked out well.

ingredients (serves 2):
1/2 lb cooked penne
12 cherry tomatoes
1/4 lb fresh goat cheese (chèvre)
1/8 cup minced fresh basil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

cut the top off each cherry tomato. using a small spoon, scoop out the pulp to make a hollow yet sturdy shell. drain off any juice that accumulates in the shells.
in a bowl, combine the cheese, basil, salt and pepper. mix with a fork until well blended.
using the small spoon, fill each tomato with about 1 tsp. of the cheese mixture. arrange the filled tomatoes on a platter to serve.
use the extra cheese to spread over the pasta.
kind of self-explanatory :) always add a little olive oil and salt to the pasta after it's strained.

*partially adapted from williams-sonoma

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