Seashells with Basil, Tomatoes, and Garlic

Seashells with Basil, Tomatoes, and Garlic Recipe
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Food Styling: Robyn Valarik
Raw tomatoes get juicy as they stand, helping to create the sauce.


Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
Total time: 45 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 361
Caloriesfromfat 37 %
Protein 11 g
Fat 15 g
Satfat 3 g
Carbohydrate 47 g
Fiber 3 g
Sodium 510 mg
Cholesterol 5 mg


1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
About 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/4 pounds (1 qt.) small cherry and teardrop tomatoes
3/4 pound medium seashell pasta
1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves


1. Combine oil, garlic, and 3/4 tsp. salt in a large bowl. Chop 1 cup of the tomatoes and add to bowl. Cut remaining tomatoes in half and stir into mixture; let stand about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Meanwhile, cook pasta as package directs in a large pot of salted boiling water.

3. Drain pasta, saving 1 cup water. Toss pasta with tomato mixture, then with cheese and all but 1 tbsp. basil. Mix in a little pasta water if needed for a looser texture. Sprinkle remaining basil on top and season with salt.

Clifford A. Wright,


June 2012
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