Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Showcase the many cherry tomatoes from your garden in Penne with Herbs, Tomatoes, and Peas.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add peas during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic; cook 4 minutes or until garlic begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high. Add tomatoes to pan; cook 1 minute. Add pasta mixture, salt, and pepper to pan; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Stir in basil and parsley. Sprinkle with cheese.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Badger53705's Review

May 08, 2013
So easy and flavorful. My toddler and 1 year old loved it with chicken added to it.

beckyboop13's Review

January 05, 2014
I made this when looking for a quick, meatless idea. I had to make a few modifications to what I had around the house without going to the store. I used petite diced canned tomatoes (drained), added diced onions in with the garlic, used dried basil and parsley in place of the fresh, and mozzarella as the cheese. It was a HUGE success! My 2, 6, and 8 year olds even loved it! I made a double batch so we would have lots of leftovers. I will be making this again.

eminthevalley's Review

July 29, 2014
This was really good; a little mild in flavor but I think that can be fixed with a dash of red pepper flakes next time. I used bowtie pasta mixed w/ whole wheat penne because that's what I had, and a combo of cherry, yellow pear & regular tomatoes from my garden. Bonus--my 18-month-old twins loved it!

Alknutson8's Review

May 11, 2013

carolfitz's Review

July 01, 2013
Very easy. Made to recipe except subbed fresh peas for frozen. Nice use of summer herbs. Served with broiled rounds of Italian turkey sausage.

sgulde's Review

June 01, 2013
Loved this recipe and my kids actually ate it. Can't say more than that. ;)

LDombeck's Review

June 11, 2013
Very good and so simple to make. The kids loved it. I like having good vegetarian recipes that are filling and delicious. Will make again!

nomsdos's Review

August 16, 2013
Key is fresh, high quality tomatoes and basil. Very good, I added grilled chicken seasoned with kosher salt, pepper and basil and I added a few big shakes of red pepper flakes. I could see throwing in a variety of additional veggies such as bell pepper, asparagus, etc.

osequin's Review

June 12, 2013
This was beautiful summer dish. I love the addition of the peas and fresh herbs. However, I personally don't like mushy tomatoes very much and I think there were too many tomatoes called for. Overall there is nothing wrong with this dish but it didn't have a 'wow' factor for me.

foodieforpeace's Review

June 14, 2013
This was a tasty dish. Added sliced baby bellas sauteed with the garlic as well as crushed red pepper for heat. Used whole wheat pasta and goat cheese. Will make again.