Easy (6-ingredient!) Tomato Basil Pasta bursting with bright lemon, garlic, & fresh basil. A beautiful dish for summer-ripe garden tomatoes.
It’s wonderful bringing fresh, new flavors in the kitchen with every changing season. I admit summer is probably my favorite. One of my favorite childhood memories is slowing meandering through my parent’s huge vegetable garden. I loved grazing on the fruits and veggies, eating it right from the vine, still warm from the sunshine. Picking sweet strawberries, crunching on sugar snap peas, shucking corn for dinner. And ohhh the smell of fresh tomatoes growing on the vine – it’s still one of my favorite smells to this day.
One of the keys to this dish is finding ripe, flavorful tomatoes to bring out that summer freshness. It’s a very simple dish, basically done in the time it takes the pasta to cook. If you’re really not a fan of raw garlic or shallot, go ahead and lightly saute them first to remove the “bite”. Hope you enjoy! (And if you’re looking for more pasta goodness, this “Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Mushroom Pasta” is one of my favorites as well!)
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Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta with Lemon & Garlic
- 12 oz. penne pasta (GF if desired)
- 4 large ripe tomatoes
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1 shallot
- 3/4 cup fresh basil
- Juice from 1-2 lemons
- 2 tsp. olive oil (omit for oil-free)
- Salt to taste
- Optional: capers, pine nuts, etc.
- Cook pasta according to package directions, leaving al dente.
- While pasta is cooking, finely dice shallot, mince garlic, and dice tomatoes. Add to a large bowl.
- Roughly chop or chiffonade basil. Set aside.
- When pasta is done cooking, drain, and immediately add to bowl. Stir.
- Add lemon juice, olive oil, basil, and capers if using. (Start with 1 lemon and add more to taste if necessary.)
- Toss well to combine, and salt to taste.
- Great served warm, cold, or room temp. Best if eaten within 2-3 days.
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