Light Southwestern Tomato Pasta Recipe -
Light Southwestern Tomato Pasta Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Light Southwestern Tomato Pasta

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"This is a quick and easy recipe with few ingredients. It is a light sauce for tomato lovers with flavorful spices and a nice southwestern taste."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    15 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cilantro, basil, sugar and oregano; mix well, then add olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  3. Combine sauce with pasta and toss to coat. Top with cheese and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 11, 2008

This is a tasty, fresh recipe. Changes: Use half the amount of pasta called for. 1 lb. is way too much. 1/2 lb. for 4 servings is perfect. I used whole wheat spaghetti and my family loved it. Use "Nature's Sweet" tomatoes or some type of sugar plum tomatoes - you really need quality tomatoes since this is such a major ingredient. I used twice the amount of fresh cilantro. Use 1-2 teaspoons of fresh basil - much better than dried. I put about 1/4 the amount of sugar, based on another reviewer's recommendation and thought it was fine - probably didn't need any, actually. I echo the other reviewer's rec of using high quality extra virgin olive oil. Also, definitely add chicken. I used fresh Parmesan as well - delicious touch. I served with some warm crusty sourdough bread and steamed broccoli and it was a perfect meal! My husband, who usually prefers tomato ground beef sauce, loved this fresh recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 19, 2007

On the bland side and not particularly filling. Not too bad though. Makes for something really quick and easy.

Jan 04, 2007

I really liked this, It would be better for summer than winter, but we would suggest to cut down the amount of sugar by a little (it was a little sweet) use a very high quality extra virgin oil, and add a chicken breast so it will fill you up more.

Dec 07, 2010

This was good, but unfortunately, I didn't have fresh ingredients on hand. Therefore, the tomatoes were from a can, and the cilantro was dried. I would do this again but with fresh ingredients. Thanks Rachel.

May 21, 2010

This is a tasty and different side dish. When I went to get my tomatoes I found out that I only had one smallish tomato so I used that and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies that I had in my pantry. I think the green chilies were a nice addition since they brought a little bit of pop to the dish. And since I had to use canned tomatoes I left out the sugar. I will make this again.

Oct 25, 2004


Jan 25, 2012

Ok, will not make again.

Mar 19, 2013

I splashed in some red wine vinegar when I added the olive oil to up the flavor. The cilantro added an interesting and yummy kick. This was a little different than my usual weeknight pasta dishes, thank you for sharing Rachel!


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  • Calories
  • 582 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 80.3 g
  • 26%
  • Cholesterol
  • 96 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 21.9 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 7.3 g
  • 29%
  • Protein
  • 17.2 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 65 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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