Sweet cherry pie

No lie: Celebrate Presidents Day with a homemade cherry pie. A great fruit pie is perfection made simple, and even George would appreciate that. (Los Angeles Times/Gary Friedman)

1/2 pound spaghettini
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon each: butter, vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup shredded fresh basil
Grated parmesan or Romano cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a stockpot of salted water to a boil; add pasta. Cook according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, place tomato halves on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray; bake until wrinkled and caramelized, about 10 minutes.

Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion; cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms, wine, salt and pepper to taste; cook until mushrooms are heated through, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and basil. Combine with pasta in a large bowl; pass cheese for serving.

Total time: 45 minutes

Per serving: 291 calories, 7.5 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 7 milligrams cholesterol, 48 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams protein, 322 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber

--Recipe and analysis from the Chicago Tribune


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