Pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil

Pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil is a summery and easy main dish from Italy. Here’s the recipe!

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What is pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil, and when we eat it

Pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil is the simplest summery pasta of Italy: a refreshing and healthy main course for hot, lazy days, a pasta that takes you minutes to prepare.

Italians make pasta with cherry tomatoes when they don’t want more effort than cutting the cherry tomatoes in two and seasoning them with olive oil, salt, garlic, and basil. Cooking pasta is so easy we don’t even consider it an issue.

You can serve this pasta hot or at room temperature. 

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Pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil
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How to make pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes like an Italian

To make pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil at home, you only need fresh ingredients and a few minutes – about fifteen, mixing every now and then, for flavors to merge. More or less the time it takes for water to boil and for the pasta to cook. The heat of the cooked and drained pasta will help flavors blend even furtherly.

If you want to serve pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes cold or at room temperature, like a pasta salad, cook the pasta very “al dente,” (learn more here) about two minutes less than package directions. Once drained, spread it on a large surface – like an oven tray – and let temperature decrease and reach room temperature before seasoning it. You can make pasta salad with raw cherry tomatoes a day earlier and refrigerate it, but take it out at least thirty minutes before serving.

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Pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Author Claudia Rinaldi

Ingredients

  • 2.8 oz spaghetti or spaghettoni 80 gr
  • 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2-3 basil leaves
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Peel and cut in two the garlic clove.

  2. Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil - about half a gallon and two to three teaspoons of salt.
  3. Cut the cherry tomatoes in two and transfer them to a bowl; add a teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt, the garlic clove, and the basil leaves - shredded with your hands.

  4. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.
  5. Every now and then, mix the tomato bowl, to help flavors merge.

  6. Drain the pasta and add it to the bowl with the seasoning,

  7. Mix well and serve immediately.

Enjoy your fresh cherry tomatoes pasta.

Claudia

Claudia Rinaldi

Claudia Rinaldi

Author

Digital artisan and curator of the Simposio cookbook series; maker of Gourmet Project, an Italian food, travel and culture blog; and life in Italy relator through the Italian Colors Newsletter. Claudia lives in magnificent Rome. She loves pasta, “melanzane alla parmigiana”, hats, suitcases and airports, Christmas, and books. Her mission is to show you that Italy is so much more than spaghetti and clichés, but a land of endless traditions, flavors, and heritage.

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