Spaghetti with Grape Tomatoes and Basil

Sometimes using simple, fresh ingredients and letting them shine is the best thing you can do for a dish.

Sometimes, you’re feeling lazy and are looking in the fridge thinking, “I have to eat. Something. What the heck am I gonna make?” And at that moment you see the grape tomatoes you bought at the farmers market…and that almost-wilted-but-not-quite bundle of basil you bought cause it was a steal. Right after that you wish you had a tub of mozzarella to eat the tomatoes and basil with but you don’t, so you settle on pasta. OH fine!

In all honesty, I forgot how good a drizzle of olive oil, a shake of Parmesan and a sprinkle of salt and pepper could be on pasta. No heavy, acidic sauces to give me heart burn at 2am. Yum!

So, the next time you’ve had a long day and just want something to eat that’s fast and easy…try this one out.


Spaghetti with Grape Tomatoes and Basil

1 handful of spaghetti, or 1-2 cups of your favorite shape pasta…Spiderman even.

1 carton of grape tomatoes, halved (that’s about a cup and a half folks)

5 large basil leaves, chiffonade ’em (which is to say, slice them thinly)

Olive oil

Fresh, shaved Parmesan

Pinch of salt and pepper.

Cook your pasta until tender in a giant pot of salted boiling water.

While that’s cooking, combine your halved grape tomatoes and your basil in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper…stir. Put that in the fridge until your pasta is done so all the flavors can combine.

Drain the water from your cooked pasta, but don’t rinse it! You don’t want to get rid of the starch. That’s the best part! Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle your shaved Parmesan on there and stir it up.

Dump in your bowl of tomatoes and basil, stir gently. Taste…need more salt? More pepper? The BF always wants more pepper.


3 thoughts on “Spaghetti with Grape Tomatoes and Basil

  1. I agree, the best thing about the bounty of Spring and Summer is the simplicity. Almost too much so….as someone who likes the process of cooking I tend to want, well, more to do lol! But you’re right, this is a perfect summer dish so simple and delicious that I’ll even forgive your putting those tomatoes in the fridge (but just briefly).

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