Thursday, May 23, 2013

Herbed Pasta with Tomatoes

Pasta with Herbs

Recently my June Cooking Light magazine came and the cover alone made me excited to check it out.  So fresh looking with tomatoes, corn and grilled chicken on a pretty plate.  I quickly came upon this recipe that I knew I wanted to try pronto!  The main ingredients are penne pasta, baby heirloom cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and fresh parsley with just a bit of olive oil.... oh and peas too, but if you aren't a fan, you could leave those out.  The final product is topped with shaved parmesan cheese. 

While it isn't tomato season here yet, I was able to get what I wanted at my local Trader Joe's - one of my favorite grocery stops.  I find the fresh ingredients I am looking for and they have a great cheese section.  My favorite item is their virgin olive oil... great price and flavor.

I also loved how quick and easy this was - from start to finish only 20 minutes.  So when you get home from work and want a quick, easy and healthy recipe, give this one a try!

Pasta with Herbs and Tomatoes

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1 cup thawed frozen peas
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves sliced garlic
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t fresh pepper
  • 1/3 cup thin sliced basil
  • 2 T chopped fresh parsley
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
1. Cook the penne and during the last 2 minutes add the peas; drain
2. In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat then add the garlic and sauté until it begins to brown.
3. Increase the heat then add the tomatoes and cook for about 90 seconds.
4. Add the pasta, peas S&P to skillet and cook until heated through – about 3 minutes
5. Lastly add in basil and parsley – serve with cheese sprinkled on top
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  1. Gotta love quick and easy! Looks like a great summertime pasta salad!

  2. As soon as I have garden tomatoes and basil I will make this--it look perfectly delicious!

  3. This looks delicious. Pinned it to try it. Perfect summer meal. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Yum! Anything with fresh basil is a winner in my book!

    We are going to be getting a Trader Joe's close to us soon. It will be about 25 miles away but it doesn't take long to get to the location it will be at on the weekend. Barely 20 minutes. I am so excited to be getting one near us!

    Pinned. :)

  5. I love this! What a simple meal that is healthy and quick:) I can't wait to use fresh tomatoes and herbs from my garden in this! Now following along on Bloglovin:)

  6. Looks super yummy and colorful!

  7. yum! This looks incredible. I love the summer colors! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. This will be featured this weekend at my Fun Summer Ideas round up... come on over and check it out. Be sure to grab a featured button to proudly display as well! Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

  8. This looks really good, beautiful colors, great pictures too, Deb

  9. This looks really good, beautiful colors, great pictures too, Deb

  10. Mmmmmm that looks yummy! :) Love simple pasta dishes like this! I followed you here from the link party with Nap-Time Creations, by the way. Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here's the link:


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