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Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta with Lemon & Garlic

EASY (6-ingredient!) summer fresh Tomato Basil Pasta bursting with bright lemon, garlic, & fresh basil! A delicious dish for beautiful ripe garden tomatoes.
Author: Kaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free Option, Oil-Free Option, Vegan
Servings: 6 side servings


  • 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 (optional, I 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.


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 840IU | Vitamin C: 12.3mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.1mg