Fresh Tomato Pasta With Basil

Fresh Tomato pasta
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  • Total: 23 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 Portions (4-6 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
443 Calories
15g Fat
64g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4-6 Portions (4-6 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 443
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Protein 14g
Calcium 194mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

We love the temperature contrast in this super simple pasta recipe; serve it quickly so the contrast remains. And you must make this in the summer with garden fresh tomatoes and freshly picked basil. It just won't be as good in the winter, with tomatoes that are lacking flavor and have a wooly texture.

If you don't have tomatoes growing in your garden, get them at a farmer's market. The tomatoes should be firm and heavy, with no soft spots and a thin skin. You can tell if the skin is thin by running your fingers over the surface. A thin skin will feel delicate and smooth.

If you can find some freshly made pasta for making this recipe, all the better. The olive oil should be the really good stuff, and the lemon juice must be fresh. And make sure that the Parmesan cheese is freshly grated. The Parmesan needs to melt together with the other ingredients. With ingredients that fresh and good, you only need a few to make a great meal.

Serve this perfect mid-summer dish with some hot and crisp toasted garlic bread and a green salad tossed with some sliced mushrooms or maybe some cubed ripe avocados. For dessert, a cool and creamy flavorful ice cream pie or little tartlets would be just the thing.

Most recipes for this type of pasta don't add cheese, but just a little bit really brings the flavors together. And don't omit the lemon juice. You don't really know it's there; it just brightens up all the flavors. Use the leftovers (if any) to make tomato pasta frittata. Yum.


  • 4 to 6 red ripe tomatoes (chopped)
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta (or linguine or fettuccine pasta)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Prepare tomatoes, place in a large bowl, and add the olive oil, lemon juice, basil, and salt and pepper to taste; mix gently and set aside to marinate.

  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a fast boil and add spaghetti; cook until al dente according to package directions, about 7 to 8 minutes.

  4. Drain the pasta and immediately toss with tomato mixture in the bowl; serve at once, sprinkled with the cheese.