Seashells with Basil and Tomatoes

  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 45m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 45m

Just to be clear, I don’t even like tomatoes.  They taste fine, but I hate to chop them, I hate the clean up and it doesn’t seem worth the hassle for something that tastes “fine”.  But this recipe may be a game changer.

Obviously it’s quick and easy and all that, but it tastes good to boot – cold or hot.  Eat it for dinner.  Eat it as a side salad.  Take it on a picnic or a potluck.  Everyone will thank you.


  • 1/2 Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Large Garlic Cloves, Finely Chopped
  • 3/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Small Basket of Small Cherry Tomatoes
  • 3/4 Pound of Shell Pasta (about 3/4 of a box)
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Fresh Basil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


Step 1

Combine OIL, GARLIC and SALT into a bowl and mix.

Step 2

Chop 1 CUP TOMATOES and add to the bowl. Cut the rest of the TOMATOES into halves and add to the bowl and mix.

Step 3

Let this mixture sit for 30 minutes (20 minutes if your impatient like me), stirring occasionally. Meanwhile cook the pasta and drain. Save 1/2 CUP of PASTA WATER.

Step 4

Mix the PASTA with the TOMATO MIXTURE and stir. Add in the BASIL and a little of the PASTA WATER if you'd like the mixture to be a little softer.

Step 5

Add SALT and PEPPER to taste, garnish with more basil if desired, and serve hot or cold.

Jake switched to a plant based diet in 1996 and quickly realized he had no idea how to cook. All these years later and he's still trying to figure it out...

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