Easy Olive Oil, Tomato, and Basil Pasta

Easy Olive Oil, Tomato, and Basil Pasta

79 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    10 m
  • Ready In

    25 m
CookinGirl
Recipe by  CookinGirl

“This is a great pasta that can be eaten at room temperature or as a cold salad. Instant, sophisticated meal or side dish! And colorful, too. Any type of twisty or unusually shaped pasta works well.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 8 servings

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Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a large bowl, gently toss the cooked pasta, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil. Season with salt and pepper.

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Reviews (79)

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LADYJAYPEE
172

LADYJAYPEE

I've been making this one for quite awhile with two ingredient additions--mozzarella & a dash of cayenne pepper. I keep the rest of the ingredients the same, but I do change the method! In a large bowl, I mix the olive oil with the minced garlic, salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper, and mash them altogether to infuse the OO with flavor. I soak the roma tomatoes (2-3x more than recipe calls for) in the OO mixture since the tomatoes hold more flavor than any other ingredient. I then add cubed mozzarella and the cooked bowtie pasta, mix it altogether, THEN scoop out 1-2cups at a time and saute it in a skillet over high heat until the mozzarella is bubbly and going brown, adding the basil at the end so it doesn't get brittle and overcooked. And I plate it. DELISH! Helped me woo my husband when we were dating; he still remembers this simple dish as one of his faves that I make. ;-) Thanks, CookinGirl!

Jillian
69

Jillian

Definitely easy and always delicious! Tomato and basil are a classic combination and when they pair with pasta it's bound to be good. I cut the recipe in half and used more tomatoes, a bit less olive oil, and added 1/4 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes. I topped it with shredded Parmesan before serving. This is a very versatile recipe that you can suite to your own tastes - use your favorite pasta, add a splash or red wine vinegar or balsamic, throw in some capers, feta cheese, mozzarella or Parmesan. No matter what you do it's gonna be tasty. Overall, a great recipe!

caterpillar86
49

caterpillar86

I enjoy making this pasta dish often. I added more tomatoes, some crumbled (plain) feta cheese and toasted pine nuts. Yum!

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 345 cal
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 14.9 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs
  • 44.1 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 8.4 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 51 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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