Cherry Tomato Pasta

This Cherry Tomato Pasta is the perfect summer dinner. It’s filling and delicious and spotlights fresh, in-season cherry tomatoes. It’s full of flavor and bursty tomatoes which everyone is sure to enjoy.

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Cherry tomatoes are like garden candy! And, right now I have a surplus of sweet, juicy cherry tomatoes ready to harvest from my garden. Therefore, making this delicious Cherry Tomato Pasta Recipe doubles as a hearty, flavorful dinner dish as well as being a great way to use up a lot of cherry tomatoes!

This Cherry Tomato Pasta Recipe goes together quickly in about 30 minutes. That’s another reason I love it! My family and friends with big appetites really lean into the dish served with a lovely summer salad such as the Peach & Arugula Salad or Baby Beet Greens Salad. Both, have summer written all over them and I totally enjoy the aromas of an Italian dish filling my kitchen and delighting my family.

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I love to eat, garden, travel, and do yin yoga! I make plant-based recipes and photograph them from my 1920’s, remodeled apartment in Rhode Island. I've always loved fresh basil. Put some fresh basil leaves on a piece of cardboard, drizzle on a little olive oil and sea salt, and I'd be tempted to eat it! ❤️

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Reasons I Love This Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad Recipe

There are so many reasons to really like the dishes. Here are some of my favorites.

    • It’s delicious! This Cherry Tomato Pasta is bursting with flavor!
    • It’s filling! Everyone I’ve served this dish to has loved it! It’s filling and everyone walks away from the table satisfied & stuffed!
    • It uses in-season vegetables – This Cherry Tomato Pasta uses as many fresh cherry tomatoes as you can pick or buy. And, the fresh basil is also in season in the summer.
    • It’s a delight to make on a warm summer evening. This dish is elegant and sophisticated, yet unpretentious. It’s a dish for ALL people.
Peach Cobbler

Cherry tomatoes are on center stage here. I plant and pick mostly the sweeter varieties such as Baby Boomer and Orange Sunsugar. When these little babies are cooked on the stovetop or roasted (as seen here) they burst and the flavors explode making nearly any dish that much more sweet, tart, and juicy.

Peach and Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomato Pasta Ingredients

Fresh Cherry Tomatoes are the key ingredient here and you’ll want to get lots of them. They bring an unmistakable freshness and flavor to your pasta! You’ll cook down half into a light, garlicky sauce. Then, you’ll add the rest in the final few minutes of cooking. That way, they’ll still be plump and bursty when you eat.

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Here’s the full ingredient list:

    • Pasta, of course! Just about any pasta will work here. uses bucatini, but I prefer regular spaghetti or fusilli. Here I used bucatini to see how I like it.
    • Fresh Basil – Is there a more compatible couple in the entire universe than basil and tomatoes? I mean, come on! LOL! This pairing is tried and true and is one of nature’s great gifts to cooking!
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Ok, so add the olive oil and you have sheer magic. The olive oil brings richness and flavor.
    • Garlic – And here comes the garlic. What’s to say? The garlic infuses with the pasta a adds a nutty depth of flavor
    • Cheese – Pecorino cheese is great in this Cherry Tomato Pasta Recipe, but I used vegan Parmesan cheese which works just as well!
    • Capers & Balsamic Vinegar – Capers and balsamic vinegar are the magic ingredients here! They add a briny kick to the Cherry Tomato Pasta Recipe
    • Lemon Zest – It adds a nice brightness.
    • Red Pepper Flakes – For heat.
    • Salt & Pepper – To make all the flavors pop.


Cherry Tomato Pasta Suggestions:

This Cherry Tomato Pasta is wonderful to serve on a warm summer evening. It’s elegant, yet down-to-earth, and served with crusty bread and salad it’s a summer staple.

More Summer Pasta Recipes

Please do give this Cherry Tomato Pasta a try and if you do let me know how it worked out in the comments below.

Cherry Tomato Pasta

Denise Keniston - Basil Lover
This Cherry Tomato Pasta is the perfect summer dinner. It's filling and delicious and spotlights fresh, in-season cherry tomatoes. It's full of flavor and bursty tomatoes which everyone is sure to enjoy.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 12 ounces regular spaghetti or fusilli
  • 1/3 cups extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
  • 3 full garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 1/2 pints cherry tomatoes, divided
  • 2 1/2 tbsp capers
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tbsp red pepper flakes (your choice for more or less)
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil
  • Pecorino cheese, vegan Parmesan cheese (which works just as well)
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