Pasta with “Melted” Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil

  • Yield 4 servings

While this recipe relies on cherry tomatoes, it contains a couple handfuls of crushed tomatoes as well.

Pasta with “Melted Tomatoes,” Garlic and Basil
Jill Melton


8 ounces thin spaghetti
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 -- garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup slivered onion (optional)
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
2 large handfuls crushed tomatoes or 1 large tomato, crushed
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup slivered basil (or chiffonade)
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano Regianno cheese


  1. Cook pasta, reserving some pasta water.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add cherry tomatoes, onion and garlic. Sauté about 10 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes. Add pasta, butter and basil to skillet. Cook 5 minutes, adding pasta water to thin if necessary. Serve with grated cheese.



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