Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce

Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Kristen Shelton Fielder
Pour Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce over any pasta for a quick anytime meal. Top this simple sauce with cheese, pine nuts, and black pepper, if desired.


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook: 20 Minutes


1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 (10- to 16-ounce) container red cherry or grape tomatoes, halved if large
1 (10- to 16-ounce) container yellow cherry or grape tomatoes, halved if large
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
Hot cooked pasta
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese or fresh mozzarella
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts


1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper; cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes. (If tomatoes stay whole during cooking, pierce each one with the tip of a knife to release juices; cook 1 or 2 more minutes.) Remove from heat; stir in basil.

2. Divide pasta among serving bowls; top with tomato sauce, cheese, pine nuts, and additional black pepper, if desired.


Julia Dowling Rutland,

Coastal Living

September 2013
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