Tomato Basil Pasta

Tomato Basil Pasta

This easy Tomato Basil Pasta features juicy ripe tomatoes paired with sweet basil, garlic and fresh parmesan cheese. It’s light and fresh and on the table in 20 minutes!

I love using garden tomatoes to make Tomato Pie , Italian Caprese salad, of this fresh tomato cucumber salad that goes with anything!

With busy schedules comes an extra need for super easy dinners…right?! So, today I bring you the easiest, tastiest tomato basil pasta recipe that’s perfect for summer nights or a quick weeknight dinner.

How to make Tomato Basil Pasta:

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  • While pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil. Once hot, add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, careful not to burn it.
  • Add freshly diced tomatoes and cook, stirring, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add fresh ground black pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese. Add fresh chopped basil. In Italian-inspired pasta recipes we use sweet basil (commonly found at the grocery store).
  • Serve mixture over cooked pasta. Garnish with remaining parmesan cheese.

Tomato Basil Pasta

Variations:

  • Veggies: try adding chopped spinach, onion, zucchini, or asparagus.
  • Chicken: Add chicken to make it heartier, and add extra protein. Saute the chicken in oil, first, (season with salt and pepper), then add garlic and continue with the recipe.
  • Pasta: use whole wheat spaghetti, or any other type of pasta.
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Tomato Basil Pasta

This easy Tomato Basil Pasta features juicy ripe tomatoes paired with sweet basil for a light and fresh meal made in just 20 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 381kcal
Author Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 pounds Roma tomatoes , diced
  • freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves , chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese , divided
  • 1-2 chicken breasts , optional. See note

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  • While pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil. Once hot, add garlic and saute for 30 seconds, careful not to burn it.
  • Add freshly diced tomatoes and cook, stirring, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add fresh ground black pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese. Add fresh chopped basil.
  • Serve mixture over hot cooked spaghetti noodles. 
  • Garnish with remaining parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

Variations:
  • Veggies: try adding chopped spinach, onion, zucchini, or asparagus.
  • Chicken: Add chicken to make it heartier, and add extra protein. Saute the chicken in oil, first, (season with salt and pepper), then add garlic and continue with the recipe. 
  • Pasta: use whole wheat spaghetti, or any other type of pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 616mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1851IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 2mg
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I originally shared this recipe August 2015. Updated August 2020.

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