This easy Tomato Basil Pasta features juicy ripe tomatoes paired with sweet basil, garlic and fresh parmesan cheese. It’s light and fresh and on the table in 20 minutes!

I love using garden tomatoes to make Tomato Pie , Italian Caprese salad, of this fresh tomato cucumber salad that goes with anything!

A bowl with cooked spaghetti topped with a fresh tomato basil sauce.

With busy schedules comes an extra need for super easy dinners…right?! So, today I bring you the easiest, tastiest tomato basil pasta recipe that’s perfect for summer nights or a quick weeknight dinner.

How to make Tomato Basil Pasta:

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  • While pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil. Once hot, add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, careful not to burn it.
  • Add freshly diced tomatoes and cook, stirring, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add fresh ground black pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese. Add fresh chopped basil. In Italian-inspired pasta recipes we use sweet basil (commonly found at the grocery store).
  • Serve mixture over cooked pasta. Garnish with remaining parmesan cheese.

Two process photos for making tomato basil pasta in a skillet.

Variations:

  • Veggies: try adding chopped spinach, onion, zucchini, or asparagus.
  • Chicken: Add chicken to make it heartier, and add extra protein. Saute the chicken in oil, first, (season with salt and pepper), then add garlic and continue with the recipe.
  • Pasta: use whole wheat spaghetti, or any other type of pasta.
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Recipe

A bowl with cooked spaghetti topped with a fresh tomato basil sauce.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 pounds Roma tomatoes , diced
  • freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves , chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese , divided
  • 1-2 chicken breasts , optional. See note

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  • While pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil. Once hot, add garlic and saute for 30 seconds, careful not to burn it.
  • Add freshly diced tomatoes and cook, stirring, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add fresh ground black pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese. Add fresh chopped basil.
  • Serve mixture over hot cooked spaghetti noodles. 
  • Garnish with remaining parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

Variations:
  • Veggies: try adding chopped spinach, onion, zucchini, or asparagus.
  • Chicken: Add chicken to make it heartier, and add extra protein. Saute the chicken in oil, first, (season with salt and pepper), then add garlic and continue with the recipe. 
  • Pasta: use whole wheat spaghetti, or any other type of pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 381kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 15gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 167mgPotassium: 616mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1851IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 2mg

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I originally shared this recipe August 2015. Updated August 2020.

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  1. 3 stars
    Just made this its a little bland/needs a little more seasoning. I added more parmesan cheese and a touch of butter which helped. I think lemon juice would be good with it or a touch of balsamic vinegar.

  2. I made this last night and it is delicious! Just wondering what is considered one serving for the nutritional information? Is that 2 prepared chicken breasts?

    1. So happy you liked it! I would think 1 chicken breast per serving. You could try myfitnesspal.com to calculate the nutritinal info 🙂