Tomato and Garlic Pasta


For this simple garlic and tomato pasta recipe, 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.

looking down at a plate full of tomato and garlic pasta
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 2 pounds tomatoes

  • 1 (8 ounce) package angel hair pasta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

  • 4 cloves crushed garlic

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • salt to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Place tomatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring just to a boil. Pour off water, and cover again with cold water. Peel the skin off tomatoes and cut into small pieces.

    Overview of blanched tomatoes on a baking sheet, in the process of peeling off the skin

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  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook angel hair pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet or pan, making sure there is enough to cover the bottom of the pan, and sauté garlic until opaque but not browned. Stir in tomato paste. Immediately stir in the tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer until pasta is ready, adding basil at the end.

    Overhead shot of tomato sauce cooking in a sauce pan

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  4. Drain pasta, do not rinse in cold water. Toss with a bit of olive oil, then mix into the sauce.

    Overhead shot of tomato sauce and pasta cooking together in a pan

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  5. Reduce heat as low as possible. Keep warm, uncovered, for about 10 minutes when it is ready to serve. Garnish generously with fresh Parmesan cheese.


There are many variations to try for this pasta. A few favorite examples: sauté fresh quartered mushrooms with the garlic, or add shoestring zucchini along with the tomato.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

260 Calories
7g Fat
42g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 260
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 31mg 154%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 710mg 15%

* 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.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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