Total Time
15 Mins
4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups pasta and about 2 tablespoons cheese)

Though we paired this chunky sauce with fettuccine, it would also be nice with short pasta shapes, like penne, gemelli, or farfalle. For a more dramatic presentation, use multicolored cherry tomatoes, or a combination of cherry and pear (or teardrop-shaped) tomatoes.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

While pasta cooks, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes and salt; cover and cook 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in basil and pepper. Add tomato mixture to pasta; toss well to combine. Top with cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

Camden6's Review

May 13, 2011
Good recipe. I added some minced sauteed onions in the sauce which really kicked up the flavor. Also added about 1/4 cup of canned tomato sauce which gave the sauce a little more volume. Yum!


September 12, 2017
Love this dish!! with garden picked cherry tomatoes it is fabulous

CherylT's Review

August 27, 2010
This was a great starter recipe. I added capers and marinated artichoke hearts for a little more flavor. It was great and I will definitely make again.

CarolML's Review

September 17, 2010
This was a very boring recipe and I will not make this again. Definitely needs additional ingredients. The ingredients included in this recipe consisted of the right amount of those ingredients but it just needs alot of additional things.

cduffy370's Review

August 24, 2010
This recipe was easy and so delicious! I used the fresh pasta and picked tomatoes and basil from my garden. I will definitely make it again.

monamcduff's Review

September 08, 2011

Pleahy's Review

August 26, 2010
I liked the fresh basil and cherry tomatoes but there wasn't enough sauce for us. The next time I'll add more olive oil, more tomotoes, some chili flakes, chopped olives and a little less garlic. Overall, very good.

aestock's Review

September 25, 2011
This recipe is really quick and easy. It took more time for my noodles to cook than to make the sauce. I was a little nervous about the amount of garlic, but the taste was thankfully not overwhelmed. Next time I may try just a tad less. Also I used grape tomatoes since I had some on hand, rather than cherry tomatoes. Would make again.

carolfitz's Review

October 14, 2010
Simple, superfast, nicely balanced. Served portions of fettuccine topped with three pan-seared scallops. Easy weeknight supper.

Tagurit's Review

March 04, 2013
My six-year old, tomato hating son, scarfed this down and asked for seconds. Will make again and again and again...