Monday, July 6, 2009

Italian Pasta with Tomato & Basil

This is perhaps one of my all-time favorite pasta recipes. I love it! Since I have tried it, I just don’t see pasta in the same light – I could eat this until there wasn’t a bit left. So yummy!

Italian Pasta with Tomato & Basil

Prep Time: 20 min Total Time: 20 min
Makes: 4 servings


3 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago Cheeses, divided {I just used shredded mozzarella – that’s what I had on hand and I didn’t buy extra cheese that I normally wouldn’t have purchased anyway.}1 Tbsp. sliced fresh basil {I use about a tsp or so of dried basil and it works just fine; more or less to taste}
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cups (8 oz.) bow tie pasta, cooked, drained {or any kind of past you desire; I’ve used penne and fettuccine noodles, as well as bow tie – it all tastes good}

Mix tomatoes, 3/4 cup of the cheese, basil, garlic and oil. Add to hot pasta in large bowl; toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
Great Substitute: Prepare as directed, substituting 2 tsp. dried basil leaves for the fresh basil.


Cassadee said...

mmm....I love this recipe so much. We used to serve it at a Pasta Cafe that I worked at. I love adding feta cheese (which I only buy if I can afford it) and I slice up some ham (deli or whatever)and fry it and add that in too. Delicioso

Jessica :) said...

Cassa: I know I'm really slow replying to your comment. But I do appreciate your comment! I'm always glad to hear that people like the recipes I'm posting - even if it means they had it before! I've never thought to add ham. We've had burger with it but didn't like that as much. I'll remember your suggestion.


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