I made this pasta dish when my girls invited their friend who is vegetarian for dinner. I happen to chance upon a video on Youtube featuring this meatless pasta dish. It looks easy enough to make with just a few simple ingredients.
To make start by cutting in half 3 pints of cherry tomatoes and set them aside. Then chop a medium-sized onion.
Get a large skillet and place over medium to low heat. Add a stick of butter and saute your onion until soft and translucent. Then add your tomatoes and season with a teaspoon of kosher salt. Cook for 25-30 minutes over low heat. Make sure to stir it once in a while to prevent it from burning.
While tomatoes are simmering cook your pasta according to the package directions. I used spaghetti pasta but fettuccine or linguine would also be good options.
After about 20 minutes you can see the sauce thickening a bit and the skin of the tomatoes softening and starting to burst. Gently press the tomatoes with the back of your wooden spoon while stirring. This helps the flavor of the ingredients to blend well. Before the end of cooking time add 1 cup of pasta water and stir. Then add your pasta and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add about a quarter cup of basil leaves that has been torn to pieces. Add more pasta water if needed and top with grated parmesan cheese before serving.
I was a bit skeptical when I started making this but after tasting the end product my mind was blown away by the taste and flavor of this pasta dish. You would not even notice that it is meatless.