Classic Tomato and Basil Pasta

Classic Tomato and Basil Pasta |

Some things are always in style and always romantic. LOVE. HEARTS. CHOCOLATE. PASTA. PASTA?! ALL classics in my opinion. And I know some of my fellow Italians would agree. Granted, only a pasta lover like me would appreciate a box of specialty pasta as much as a box of chocolates…but then again, those who love me know that I’m not much of a sweet tooth. (Believe me, I do have my vices :))

So, in the spirit of simplicity and love and the special “Heart” holiday approaching, I’d like to share our Classic Tomato and Basil Pasta. With heart shaped pasta of course.

Elegantly Simple.

Classic Tomato and Basil Pasta |
Tomato and Basil Pasta has just a few ingredients. Not difficult. Not hard to understand. And usually you’ll have everything you need right in your kitchen. Tomatoes are usually a pantry staple. You can use cherry, grape, Campari, fresh home grown, and even canned Italian! Now when it comes to basil, fresh basil is really preferred over dried…but in a pinch!?

And because I’m feeling a little sappy thinking about all the things I love – cooking heart pasta does this to me – I thought I’d recap some of my favorite recipes since the launch of this blog! Thanks in advance for indulging me. 🙂

Light Fettuccine Alfredo – creamy, light, and delicious!
Tailgate Pasta Salad with Beans and Corn – a perfect Superbowl side.
Linguine with Mussels and Chorizo – enough said.
Kale and Walnut Pesto – classic!
Shrimp, Avocado, and Spinach Pasta with Mango Vinaigrette – my latest fav!

If you have enjoyed making any of these dishes, please comment because I’d love to hear your thoughts! And I hope this Classic Tomato and Basil Pasta becomes one of the quick and simple pasta dishes in your repertoire. Of course it does taste best with our pasta…but at the expense of sounding “heartless” you can use any pasta shape. We heart pasta. All types!

Classic Tomato and Basil Pasta |

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Classic Tomato and Basil Pasta

Simply a classic! Serve by itself or as a side to any grilled meats or fish.


  • 14 oz. bag of Heart shaped pasta (or any pasta shape!)
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cups sliced green onions
  • ¼½ cup fresh basil, chopped, or 12 t. dried basil
  • 1 28 oz. can Italian diced tomatoes, drained (or the equivalent of fresh tomatoes)
  • 1 t. salt, or to taste
  • ¼ t. freshly ground pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for topping


  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add chopped garlic and green onions and sauté briefly.
  2. Add tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper to combine until hot.
  3. Reduce heat and keep warm.
  4. Cook heart pasta in gently boiling water for approx. 6 minutes until tender but firm (salt optional). Or follow package instructions if using other pasta.
  5. Drain and add to tomato basil sauce.
  6. Raise heat and gently combine until hot.
  7. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve.


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  1. Presley on October 20, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Simplistic and tasty!

  2. Kathy B. on October 20, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I love how this recipe only calls for items I always have at home!

  3. Erin on February 5, 2015 at 8:08 am


  4. Esin Zimmerman on February 4, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Supper for tomorrow. Looks quick and easy but like you took a long time making. Love pasta and tomato.

    • carey on February 4, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      I promise – it’s easy….now the photo shoot setup itself always takes a few minutes! 🙂 But I’m working on that too…

  5. Gem on February 4, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    This looks delicious and so simple. Can’t wait to try it! #WackyWednesday

  6. Toni on February 4, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Looks so simple to make, yet tasty and healthy! Can’t beat fresh basil on pasta!

    • carey on February 4, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Basil is good on so many things! A pizzeria today served all its pizzas with a side of fresh julienned basil! Loved it!

  7. Jennifer Essad on February 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    amazing how so little ingredients can be so pleasing, I love fresh basil in my pasta’s #‎WackyWednesday‬ #ontheblog

  8. Mac W on February 4, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    your pasta looks so good..thanks for the chance

  9. Jennifer Hedden on February 4, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I love the heart shaped pasta and this recipe for classic tomato and basil pasta sounds amazing and simple. I will have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing all these amazing recipes!

  10. Joanna on February 4, 2015 at 11:10 am

    This looks so good! The pasta florintine was also delicious. #drooling

    • carey on February 4, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Why thanks! I’m glad you are enjoying the recipes!!

  11. Laurel Blasso on February 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Sounds (and looks) delish! This is what my husband will be making me for Valentine’s Day!

    • carey on February 4, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Love it, Laurel. Time for these men to get in the kitchen!

  12. carol on February 4, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Sounds delicious! And pasta is the perfect Valentine’s Day meal.

  13. Nicole Margrif on February 4, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Looks very good! I cannot wait to make.

  14. Jodine on February 4, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Looks good. Love Wacky pasta

  15. Pauline V on February 4, 2015 at 6:36 am

    you can never go wrong when you stick with the classics.

    • carey on February 4, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Agreed Pauline!

  16. holly on February 4, 2015 at 6:07 am

    I love pasta and sauce

  17. Kahtleen Walsh on February 4, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I am definitely going to make this for my Valentine!! Yum!!!

    • carey on February 4, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Kathleen. Let me know how you like it.

  18. HLS on February 4, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Looks delicious and easy.

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