Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Paige Hicks
Total Time
19 Mins
Yield
Serves 2 (serving size: 1 cup)

Garlic, cooked until lightly brown but not burnt, adds a gorgeous dimension to the flavor. Very thinly sliced tomatoes are key. Use a sharp, thin serrated knife; it only takes 5 minutes. If tomatoes taste too acidic, add 1/8 teaspoon sugar.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.

Step 2

Cut each tomato crosswise into 8 to 10 thin slices. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and pepper; increase heat to medium-high. Cook 2 minutes or until tomatoes slightly soften, stirring occasionally. Stir in pasta, reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid, basil, and salt. Sprinkle with cheese.

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Ratings & Reviews

3 1/2 stars

ElderDog
July 26, 2015
I thought this very quick and easy dish was flavorful and would make it again.  My family wanted a bit more of a "sauce" so they were less than enthusiastic.  Not sure if I'll make it again because we have other similar recipes that they liked better, but definitely worth a try.

KarinF's Review

awente
August 02, 2014
This is a rather basic recipe. But it provides such a great backdrop for improvisation, that I'm giving it 5 stars. I have a lot going on in my garden and I'm trying to fit it in... First, I had Japanese eggplant that went viral on me and I had no idea how to cook it. After reading a couple of recipes, I cubed it and roasted it in a 450 degree oven. It was delicious. I added this in with the tomatoes. While it was excellent, it was too much cooking. Should have added it in with the basil. So next time... I used yellow globe cherry tomatoes. Next time, I would halve. I added parsley along with basil. But, the garlic was outstanding! and the added cooking water gave it the silkiness that pasta needs. Great basic recipe as is - or to be modified by what's growing outside!

Kristenbchurch's Review

daneanp
July 27, 2014
I made this and added some sauted chicken breast strips. Delicious!

awente's Review

amccrerrand
July 20, 2014
Very good - fresh and a perfect meatless dish. We doubled the recipe for our family of 4 and it was plenty with enough for one leftover meal.

amccrerrand's Review

KarinF
June 02, 2014
I liked this recipe just wished it had some sort of meat in it :) Slicing the tomatoes was the hardest part! Pair it with a nice chicken caesar salad and it would satisfy the meat lovers out there.

ElderDog's Review

Kristenbchurch
June 01, 2014
Excellent. Easy to make with great flavor. My wife said to add it to our favorites list after the first couple of bites.