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Cherry Tomato Pasta

A pasta dish, served with cherry tomato sauce, basil, and Parmesan. This weeknight dinner recipe can be prepared in 20 minutes.

Belula August 25, 2015 September 27, 2020
Overhead shot of a black pan filled with pasta and topped with cherry tomato sauce with a fork and a spoon in the corner

After a long day no one wants to spend three hours cooking dinner. This cherry tomato pasta dish is so easy to make, so tasty, and delicious! You only need a handful of ingredients. And you can make it in under 20 minutes. One the greatest weeknight dinner ideas!

Ingredients you will need to make cherry tomato basil pasta

To make this perfect and easy weeknight dinner you need a handful of:

  • Olive oil: a good quality one that you love.
  • Cherry tomatoes: must be fresh.
  • Parmesan: freshly grated, preferably.
  • Basil leaves: pick some that are beautiful and smell amazing 😊.
  • Garlic
  • Pasta: the kind you have at home will do.

What kind of pasta to use for this cherry tomato pasta recipe?

You can use any store-bought pasta you like. If Italian brand better. De Cecco or Delverde are my favorite.

I enjoy this cherry tomato sauce with either linguini or spaghetti. Completely up to you!

And you can also use homemade pasta if you like to make it! You can find a recipe here Mint, Peas & Ricotta Tortellini.

45° shot of 2 hands slicing cherry tomatoes on a wooden board
Overhead shot of a black pan filled with pasta and topped with cherry tomato sauce with a fork and a spoon in the corner

What kind of cherry tomatoes to use to make this fresh cherry tomato sauce?

I normally use grape cherry tomato or bloody butcher (what I can most commonly find here in Paris). If you want to learn a little more about the best cherry tomatoes, click here The 10 Best Cherry Tomatoes.

How to make fresh cherry tomato sauce

Making this cherry tomato pasta sauce is rather easy and super-fast. Almost no prep involved! All you need to do is:

  • Half and seed the cherry tomatoes. Keep the liquid.
  • Pour the olive oil onto a pan and add the crushed garlic cloves. Once the olive oil is hot, add the cherry tomatoes and the cherry tomato liquid. Season with salt and let cook over medium-high heat, stirring from time to time for about 10 minutes.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Done
Overhead shot of a black pan with the cherry tomato sauce topped with basil leaves
45° closeup shot of half a black pan filled with pasta and topped with cherry tomato sauce with a fork and a spoon in the corner

How to serve this cherry tomato pasta recipe

Once the cherry tomato sauce is ready, mix in the cooked pasta, a little of the water pasta was cooked in and toss.

Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan and sliced fresh basil. Serve.

Enjoy this delicious recipe that makes for a healthy weeknight dinner!

45° shot of 2 hands serving the cherry tomato pasta
Overhead shot of one plate with cherry tomato pasta
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 5 servings
Nutrition: 446 cal
Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • Pasta 500 g
  • Coarse Salt
  • Garlic Cloves 5
  • Cherry Tomatoes 700 g
  • Basil Leaves
  • Olive Oil 4 tbsp
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Procedure

  • 1. Half and seed the cherry tomatoes. Strain the seeds and keep the liquid.
  • 2. Fill a big pot with water, add a pinch or two of coarse salt and bring to boil.
  • 3. At the same time, pour the olive oil onto a pan and add the crushed garlic cloves. Once the olive oil is hot, add the cherry tomatoes and the cherry tomato liquid. Season with salt and let cook over medium-high heat, stirring from time to time. About 10 minutes.
  • 4. When the water has come to a boil drop in the pasta and cook until "al dente" following packet instructions.
  • 5. Adjust seasoning of the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
  • 6. Slice the basil as thinly as possible.
  • 7. Once the pasta is cooked, strain and keep some of the water it was cooked in.
  • 8. Transfer the pasta to the pan with the cherry tomato sauce, add 3 tablespoons of the water you cooked your pasta in, and toss over medium heat.
  • 9. Sprinkle with the sliced basil and the grated Parmesan and serve immediately.
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