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Simple Pasta with Tomatoes and Basil

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  • Author: Jake
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


Get ready to try the simplest and most classic way to enjoy pasta! You can add any seasonal fresh veggies you want to use up and turn it into a multicolor pasta dish!


  • ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 small basket of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound of pasta 
  • ½ cup of chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a standard bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, and salt and mix thoroughly.
  2. Chop 1 cup of tomatoes and add them to the bowl. Cut the rest of the tomatoes into halves and add to the bowl and mix.
  3. Let this mixture sit for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package instructions. When draining the pasta, reserve a ½ cup of the pasta water.
  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.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste, garnish with more basil if desired. Serve hot or cold.

Keywords: simple pasta, vegan pasta, fresh tomato pasta, vegan italian, veggie pasta