Ripe, juicy tomatoes dance with garlic and fresh herbs, all tossed together a zesty lemon dressing in this irresistible Fresh Tomato Pasta.
Fresh Tomato Pasta
There have been times when we eat a lot of pasta at my house. A lot. And, it can get confusing sometimes trying to explain the difference between one meal and the next to the people who weren’t in the kitchen when I made it.
But, this pasta is so refreshing. The lemon juice brightens the dressing right up, and the freshness of the tomatoes takes it right over the top. It fills you up without weighing you down. And, bonus, it’s simple as heck to prepare.
Tomato Garlic Pasta
Tomato and garlic complement each other so well, they’re a quintessential pairing in pasta sauces. Tomatoes bring sweetness and that tangy acidity, while garlic enhances the depth and aroma.
Truth be told, I am a big garlic lover. I don’t have a problem, per se. I just always end up using more garlic in my cooking than the recipe calls for. So, feel free to sneak in a few extra cloves. It can be our little secret.
Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes
I cannot stress this strongly enough, the most important step in this fresh tomato pasta recipe takes place outside your kitchen. Fully ripe, flavorful tomatoes make all the difference. So, it pays to be choosy at the store.
You can still make this pasta with off-season, or even canned diced tomatoes. But, the tangy juices of sun-ripened summer tomatoes are the star of the show in this dish.
So, make a note on your calendar to try this tomato garlic pasta as soon as tomatoes start ripening in the gardens and produce stands near you.
Fresh Tomato Pasta Recipe
You will need the following ingredients to make this recipe:
- angel hair pasta
- ripe tomatoes
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- lemon juice
- fresh Italian parsley and basil
Start by cooking the pasta. Then, drain and set aside. Next, warm the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes and garlic to the pan, then cook and stir for a few minutes, until the tomatoes have started to soften.
Add the cooked pasta to the tomatoes and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Then, add the lemon juice. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed. Last, add the parsley and basil (if desired) and toss. Serve warm.
Lemon Tomato Pasta
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Fresh Tomato Pasta
- ½ pound angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti
- 3 medium-size ripe, large tomatoes about 3 cups, diced into ½-inch pieces
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice about 1 small lemon's worth OPTIONAL
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 1 teaspoon basil optional
- Cook the pasta, drain and set aside. Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the tomatoes and garlic. Stir and cook for just a couple of minutes, until the tomatoes have warmed through and have started to soften.
- Add the cooked pasta and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed. Add parsley, and basil if desired, and toss again. Serve warm.