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A large bowl of tomato basil pasta with two forks.

20-Minute Cherry Tomato and Basil Pasta

Katelyn Ryan
Made with few ingredients and little cooking time, this 20-Minute Cherry Tomato Basil Pasta is the perfect everyday meal! Garlic is gently fried in extra-virgin olive oil and infuses it with flavor. Blistered cherry tomatoes, crushed red pepper flakes, and fresh basil complete the profile. The whole dish is finished with delicious parmesan cheese.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 424 kcal



  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook until almost golden, keeping a watchful eye not to burn it. Stir in the red pepper flakes. Carefully add the tomatoes, cook until tender and slightly blistered. Turn off the heat.
  • Add the cooked pasta and ⅓ cup of parmesan cheese, toss until fully incorporated. Finally, gently toss in the basil.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve with additional parmesan cheese and fresh basil.


  • STORE - Transfer cooled pasta to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • REHEAT - This pasta reheats easily.
    • Microwave: Heat for 1 to 2 minutes, until heated through.
    • Stovetop: In a skillet over medium heat, add 1-2 teaspoon of olive oil (depending on amount of pasta). Add pasta and a tablespoon of reserved starchy pasta water (to make it creamy). Toss to coat. Cook until heated through. *If you do not have pasta water, just heat with olive oil.


Calories: 424kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 15gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 535mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1089IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 126mgIron: 4mg
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