Our family dinners are large -- this serves 10 -- and it's a great dish for a big group because you can do the tomatoes and corn in advance so all that's left to do before serving is cook up a big pot of pasta. (Halve the recipe if you like.) —Amanda Hesser
of the tiniest, sweetest cherry tomatoes you can find
Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Pour the tomatoes onto a roasting pan or baking sheet; they should fit in a single layer. Add the garlic. Pour a generous layer of olive oil over the tomatoes -- the oil should coat the base of the roasting pan. Season with salt. Roast until the tomatoes blister, brown lightly and release their juices, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, discard the garlic, and let cool.
Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the corn, and cook for 3 minutes. Use tongs to remove the corn. Let the corn cool enough to handle. Use a small knife to cut the kernels from the cob, making sure to scrape the juices from the cob, as well. Add the kernels and juices to a large serving bowl.
Bring the water back to a rolling boil and add the penne. Cook until al dente, then drain and combine with the corn. Use a slotted spoon to add the roasted tomatoes to the pasta. Using a large regular spoon, add about 1/ 4 cup of the tomato oil to the pasta. Fold the corn, tomatoes and pasta together until well coated with the tomato oil, adding more as needed. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve with the cheese passed at the table.
Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.