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A pot of tomato basil pasta.

Tomato Basil Pasta

  • Author: Kelli Avila
  • Prep Time: 00:02
  • Cook Time: 00:15
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop


With classic flavors we all know and love, this Tomato Basil Pasta uses pantry staples and can be made with either canned tomatoes or fresh! This recipe is one you'll come back to over and over.


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  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomato, drained
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2-1 cup pasta water
  • 16 ounces thin spaghetti or angel hair
  • 1/2 cup basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Once hot, add onions, garlic and a big pinch of salt, pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and cook until slightly reduced about 5-8 minutes.
  4. When pasta is done, add ½ cup of the pasta cooking water to the tomatoes. Drain pasta and add it to the tomato sauce along with the basil, and parmesan cheese. Toss to combine.
  5. Taste and add more basil and salt as needed. Serve immediately.


Draining the tomatoes help distinguish this dish from feeling more like a tomato sauce pasta instead of a pasta with tomatoes. Set aside the strained juice for another purpose.

Keywords: Tomato Basil Pasta