Pasta Margherita

The toppings on this pasta are reminiscent of margherita pizza and make for a superquick meatless main dish.


4 servings (serving size: 2 cups pasta and 2 tablespoons mozzarella)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 343
Caloriesfromfat 25 %
Fat 9.5 g
Satfat 4.2 g
Monofat 3.7 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 14.8 g
Carbohydrate 49.5 g
Fiber 3.2 g
Cholesterol 20 mg
Iron 3.1 mg
Sodium 480 mg
Calcium 218 mg


8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped green onions (about 2)
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1 (16-ounce) package cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup (2 ounces) preshredded Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup (2 ounces) diced fresh mozzarella


Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Place in a large bowl.

While pasta cooks, combine basil, onions, minced garlic, and tomatoes in a food processor. Pulse 10 times or until coarsely chopped. Add Parmesan to pasta, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in tomato mixture, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; toss gently to coat pasta. Top with mozzarella.

Alison Lewis,

Cooking Light

November 2005
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