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Pasta with Fresh Cherry Tomato, Garlic, and Basil Sauce

Pasta with Fresh Cherry Tomato, Garlic, and Basil Sauce

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Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups pasta, 3/4 cup tomato mixture)

This fresh and light entrée is surprisingly satisfying thanks to fiber-filled gluten-free pasta and the delicious combination of juicy, ripe tomatoes, herbs, and salty cheese. Tossing the hot pasta with some of the cheese before topping it with sauce is the key to ensuring as many noodles as possible are coated with cheesy goodness throughout.


  • 1 pound uncooked chickpea cavatappi pasta (such as Banza)
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup), divided
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 pt. multi-colored cherry tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 4 basil sprigs, plus 2 Tbsp. torn leaves for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 423
  • Fat 19g
  • Satfat 3g
  • Unsatfat 15g
  • Protein 22g
  • Carbohydrate 50g
  • Fiber 13g
  • Sugars 11g
  • Added sugars 0g
  • Sodium 528mg
  • Calcium 14% DV
  • Potassium 17% DV

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Add pasta to a large bowl, and toss with 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese. Set aside.

Step 2

Heat olive oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium-high. Add tomatoes, garlic, basil sprigs, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes have started to burst and release their juices, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove and discard basil sprigs. Reduce heat to medium-low, and stir in sugar and 1/4 cup pasta water (Add up to 1/4 cup more cooking water to reach desired consistency; sauce should be loose enough to cover the pasta, but thick enough to cling a bit.) Serve warm pasta topped with tomato sauce, and sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Garnish with torn basil.

Watch the video: Tomato And Basil Pasta Recipe (August 2022).