Spiral pasta tossed with a super easy tomato sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and garnished with fresh basil. A lovely, simple dish. This is so easy and really yummy!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic for 2 minutes, then add tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, 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 and return to pot.

  • Season tomato sauce with salt and pepper; stir in pesto. Pour sauce over hot cooked pasta and mix well. Sprinkle with cheese, garnish with basil leaves and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

360.2 calories; 11.7 g protein; 50.8 g carbohydrates; 4.7 mg cholesterol; 207.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2006
I loved how easy and delicious this dish was. I did make some modifications though which I think truly added to the flavor of this dish. I added olives and a couple splashes of red wine as the sauce was simmering. I used pennine rigate instead of fusili. After tossing the pennine in the sauce I added some crumbled feta cheese and then tossed again. I served with grated parmesan cheese on top. This dish is to die for....so yummy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/17/2010
Okay well this is good and will do for a busy day. It is a no-brainer soooo easy to make and I did not even have to buy any of the ingredients since I already had them all on hand. I might make this again but will add grilled chicken. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2006
I loved how easy and delicious this dish was. I did make some modifications though which I think truly added to the flavor of this dish. I added olives and a couple splashes of red wine as the sauce was simmering. I used pennine rigate instead of fusili. After tossing the pennine in the sauce I added some crumbled feta cheese and then tossed again. I served with grated parmesan cheese on top. This dish is to die for....so yummy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2004
I enjoyed this recipe and plan on adding it to my regular rotation. I followed the recipe exactly and recommend it. Some people may want to add some garlic. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2007
Very good recipe! Definitely add salt. I added a splash of red wine and some Italian spice and a dash of fat-free creamer and I think it would have been fantastic without the pesto which itself was great. The addition of the pesto makes the red tomato sauce an unusual color...I didn't mind but it might throw off kids or people who aren't expecting it. All in all a success. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2007
easy to make. added sausages and fresh tomatoes. delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2003
I was very impressed with how this recipe turned out. I guess by some interpretations it may be a bit bland but I fully enjoyed the light flavor as did my guests. I will definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2002
Excellent recipe... I used garlic-flavoured tomatoes and it was still a tad bland. Would be good with fresh basil maybe feta cheese for more flavour. Tastes like a decadent restaurant meal! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/17/2010
Okay well this is good and will do for a busy day. It is a no-brainer soooo easy to make and I did not even have to buy any of the ingredients since I already had them all on hand. I might make this again but will add grilled chicken. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2008
This is a very good dish I will make again! Modifications: I used long fusili and topped the pasta with pieces of grilled chicken. I added kalamata olives and a couple splashes of red wine to the sauce as other reviewers suggested. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2007
Appreciated how easy it was. I would double the amount of sauce for the noodles though. Read More
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