Simple Tomato Basil Pasta

Simple Tomato Basil Pasta

Call me the queen of carbs, I love pasta & it’s even better with garden fresh vegetables. This time of year there is an abundance of cherry tomatoes & fresh basil which makes this pasta a must try for summer time.

*Update – I’ve made a few changes to this recipe since I first made it & have updated the recipe as of August 2013 so if you have read this prior to that, that is why! My skills & recipes only get better with experience so I felt that making these changes was a must to give you the best possible recipe.

Simple Tomato Basil Pasta RecipeFeel free to toss in any other vegetables if you would like, but I prefer the simplicity of this dish on its own.

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Simple Tomato Basil Pasta
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This dish is really pretty with a variety of cherry tomatoes; use orange, red & yellow for a lot of color.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 16 ounces pasta shells (or any other shape)
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 1 unpacked cup fresh basil leaves, shredded
  • 4 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved
  1. Cook the pasta according to its directions on the box.
  2. Add garlic, olive oil, pepper, salt & butter to a skillet, cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so that none of the garlic sticks or burns. It's okay for it to char slightly though.
  3. Add basil & tomatoes to the skillet. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. Add the contents of the skillet to the cooked & drained pasta.
  5. Serve hot & enjoy.
This dish is really pretty with a variety of cherry tomatoes; use orange, red & yellow for a lot of color.


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13 comments on “Simple Tomato Basil Pasta
  1. Suzie Salmon says:

    Mmmmmm. Just when I was trying to cut pasta from my life you’ve made me ask myself “why the heck would I do that?” 🙂 Love the new look on the blog too!

    • Raquel says:

      Now why would you ever want to abandon carbs?! ; ) Thank you, it has been a big pain – I’m such a WordPress newbie but it is soooo much cooler than Blogger!!

  2. Krizia says:

    I really need to learn how to cook…
    That looks delicious!

    x Krizia

    Shark Attack – Fashion Blog

  3. jamie says:

    oh my gosh. raquel… i have bookmarked this! i cant wait to try this out!
    i really suck at cooking, so i’ll let you know how it works =)

  4. Anil Singh says:

    Nice post and blog also keep blogging friend cheers Blogger Solutions

  5. Kimberly says:

    looks delicious! thanks for the comment!

  6. Brandy says:

    My mouth is watering, I may have to steal this recipe to make for a date night dish 🙂

  7. abk1176 says:

    sooo good! thanks for sharing!

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