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Weeknight Time Saver: Pasta With Tomato and Basil Recipe


We all have nights like this: you're exhausted from a long day, the kids have activities to get to, and everyone's starving and rangy. You need to get dinner on the table quickly, before everyone — including you — has a meltdown. Your instinct is to just throw up your hands, pick up the phone, and dial the nearest pizza place.

Put down the phone! I have a better solution. This tasty pasta dish can be on your table in thirty minutes or less — quicker than a pizza delivery, and much healthier.

It's the peak of tomato season, so why not take advantage? I love the combination of fresh, flavourful tomatoes combined with basil and garlic — this simple pasta dish is so much more than the sum of its parts. Easy, fast, and amazingly delicious; this recipe is sure to become part of your regular dinnertime repertoire.


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes (I use a combination of Roma and cherry)
2/3 cup chopped fresh basil
sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1-375 gram package angel hair pasta
crumbled goat cheese or cashew cheese for topping (optional)
  In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium. Add garlic and saute until browned and fragrant, approximately 2 minutes.

  Add chopped tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes start to fall apart, approximately 5-10 minutes. 

  Add basil, salt, and pepper to the tomato mixture and cook until basil is wilted, approximately 2 minutes. 

  Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, and add to the tomato mixture. Toss gently; serve topped with goat or cashew cheese if desired.

Yield: 4 servings

Want more quick and easy weeknight meals? Try my Easy Basic Tomato Sauce, my Creamy Avocado Linguine, or my Savoury Oven-Baked Polenta.