Cardamom Roasted Tomato Pasta Recipe

Easy roasted tomato pasta recipe with garlic, lemon, and cardamom. Jump to the Cardamom Roasted Tomato Pasta Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Cardamom Roasted Tomato Pasta Recipe

Sweet cherry tomatoes, garlic, cardamom pods and lemon zest are roasted in the oven creating a bright and lively sauce for pasta. After roasting the tomatoes split, releasing just enough juice to coat the pasta.

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How to Make Pasta Tomatoes, Cardamom and Garlic

This pasta recipe comes together quickly. You will need a hot oven.

How to Make Roasted Tomato Pasta with Cardamom and Garlic

Then add cherry tomatoes into an oven-safe pot (we used a dutch oven) as well as some garlic and cardamom pods. You could use a baking sheet, but if you use the oven-safe dish, you can finish the sauce in the same pan, meaning less clean up.

Add the tomatoes and olive oil

Drizzle in some olive oil. Then use a vegetable peeler to peel about half of the zest away from a lemon. Season with salt and pepper then roast for about 20 minutes.

Discard cardamom and lemon

Discard the cardamom pods and lemon zest then make the sauce by adding chicken stock and the pasta. Serve as is, with fresh herbs or with a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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Recipe updated, originally posted November 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Cardamom Roasted Tomato Pasta Recipe

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The star to this pasta sauce is the cardamom pods — they infuse a spicy, herbal and citrus character to the pasta. If you do not have pods, you can substitute with 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom. Add the ground cardamom before roasting the tomatoes.

Makes 3 to 4 servings

You Will Need

2 cups whole cherry tomatoes

3 cloves garlic, skin removed and thinly sliced

4 strips lemon zest, each 1/4-inch wide and 2 inches long

6 cardamom pods, pressed with the flat of a knife to crack pod

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

8 ounces dried pasta like pappardelle

1/4 cup low sodium chicken stock

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Fresh herbs or fresh grated Parmesan cheese for serving


    1Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Add cherry tomatoes, garlic, lemon zest, cardamom pods and olive oil to a large oven-safe pan or Dutch oven. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Roast, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir the tomatoes then continue to roast until the tomatoes begin to split, 5 to 10 minutes more.

    2Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil then cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

    3Remove the pan from oven then remove and discard the cardamom pods and lemon zest. Place the pan over medium heat and add chicken stock. Bring to a simmer then cook until reduced by half. Add the cooked pasta and cook until the sauce coats the pasta, about 1 minute. Season to taste and serve.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

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AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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4 comments… Leave a Review
  • Krystal March 6, 2023, 11:57 am

    This has been one of my favorite quick recipes for years! Thank you so much for this! delicious!!

  • Jacca December 4, 2011, 8:43 pm

    Looking forward to trying this!

  • Morsels of Life November 28, 2011, 9:07 pm

    This is just what I need after a weekend of gluttony!

  • Bev Weidner November 28, 2011, 6:18 pm

    You guys just kill me. I might be in love.


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