Tomato, Basil & Garlic Pasta

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There are days when a nice marinara or meat sauce bubbling away on the stove is just what I need to feel content. But there are other days when less is more and a light dish like Tomato, Basil and Garlic Pasta hits the spot!

With simple, farm-fresh ingredients, this dish comes together quickly. Cook the pasta, chop the tomatoes, basil and garlic, sauté in olive oil, toss with the pasta, add some parmesan cheese and dinner is served. Tomato Basil and Garlic Pasta is also our favorite side dish for my Chicken Parmesan. Serve with Roasted Vegetables and a Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons for a full Italian feast!

Feel free to add some chicken and even burrata or buffalo mozarella for more protein and flavor. Fresh, easy and delicious, I hope my Tomato Basil and Garlic Pasta will make your family as happy as it does mine!

Tomato, Basil & Garlic Pasta

  • 1/2 lb angel hair pasta
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 chicken breast (optional)
  • Burrata or buffalo mozarella (optional)

Cook angel hair pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside. Chop garlic, tomatoes and basil. In a large frying pan set to medium/high eat add olive oil; once heated add garlic and cook 2-3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, fresh basil, salt and pepper; stir for 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken broth and continue stirring until the tomatoes are soft. Add the pasta and stir to combine. If too dry, add more chicken broth.

For a more hearty dish, add 1 chicken breast (cut up, season, sauté in olive oil and set aside) and/or torn burrata or buffalo mozarella cheese.

Finish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Root Notes

  • I’ve never made this recipe without angel hair pasta so, I think it’s the best! However, feel free to use any type of pasta you prefer.  
  • Any kind of tomato would work in this dish. I prefer small cherry or grape tomatoes for their sweetness and ‘burst-ability’ (just  made up that word)! 
  • Add more tomatoes and basil if you like. In my opinion, you can’t have too much of either!

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