Tomato and Garlic Pasta

Tomato and Garlic Pasta

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"There is nothing nicer than the flavor of fresh tomatoes. You can use canned, but the trouble you take to prepare this dish is worth it. You prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking, no long hours of waiting. Great if you want meatless pasta."
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servings 260 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 260 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 6.8 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 41.9g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 10.3 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 236 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Place tomatoes in a kettle, and cover with cold water. Bring just to the boil. Pour off water, and cover again with cold water. Peel. Cut into small pieces.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente.
  3. In a large skillet or saute pan, saute the garlic in enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. The garlic should just become opaque, not brown. Stir in the tomato paste. Immediately stir in the tomatoes, and salt and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer until the pasta is ready; add the basil.
  4. Drain the pasta, but do not rinse in cold water. Toss with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, and then mix into the sauce. Reduce the heat as low as possible. Keep warm, uncovered, for about 10 minutes when it is ready to serve. Garnish generously with fresh Parmesan cheese.
  5. VARIATIONS: Saute fresh quartered mushrooms with the garlic, or add shoestring zucchini along with the tomato.


  1. 181 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This is probably one of my favorite recipes from this site! I have made it more times than I can count. You really want to use quality ingredients for this. Use fresh, red, ripe tomatoes, as the...

Most helpful critical review

This was a good dish, it just wasn't as flavorful as I was hoping for. Even with all the spices, it seemed to be lacking. Still good, though.

This is probably one of my favorite recipes from this site! I have made it more times than I can count. You really want to use quality ingredients for this. Use fresh, red, ripe tomatoes, as the...

I'm not sure why the tomatoes are boiled in the first stage. If it is to peel them - cut a cross on the bottoms and place in a bowl of boiled water and leave for 1/2 a minute or so. Pick up wi...

I just made this and had to rate it right away. This is fantastic! I didn't have any parm on hand so i omitted it. i was concerned that w/o the cheese it would be lacking in flavor, but it is...

This was delicious! I think that I had a definite advantage using garden fresh tomatoes - they have SO much more flavor than the store bought tomatoes! I also doubled the garlic and laid off o...

This is a great recipe, especially if you have fantastic tomatoes and plenty of fresh basil. If you are lacking in the produce department, add some mushrooms for more flavor. Here's what I did: ...

Wow!!! The best and most delicious sauce I have ever tasted!! This is fantastic!!!! The fresh tomato is to die for!! I added mushrooms and onions, and mmm mmm mmm!!!

This is a nicely flavoured, quick and easy recipe to make. In the winter, the tomato paste is a good idea as fresh tomatoes tend to be tasteless. However, in the summer, I would definitely omit...

I've been putting off making this recipe until I could get decent tasting tomatoes from the store. I added a little more garlic, and I also cooked the pasta using the 'Enhanced Spagetti' method ...

This is delicious, easy to make, and I feel so healthy when I have it! I always use whole wheat angel hair pasta and add a dash of balsamic to the sauce per another reviewer's suggestion. Wonder...

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