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Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta

Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta

  • Author: Isabelle Boucher (Crumb)
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


This super-simple dish takes just a few ingredients to make, and comes together in the time it takes to cook the pasta. For a vegetarian-friendly version, simply omit the sausage (it's still plenty delicious without).


  • 2 tbsp good-quality olive oil
  • 2 fully cooked smoked sausages, sliced (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced paper-thin
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 2 pints ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound pasta (any short chunky shape will do, like penne or rigatoni)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh chopped parsley (for garnish)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (for garnish)


  1. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, saute the sausage slices in olive oil for 5 minutes, or until nicely browned.
  2. Stir in the garlic and pepper flakes. Continue sauteing for about 1-2 minutes, or until the garlic starts to take on a little colour. Add the tomatoes and cook, covered, for 10-12 minutes or until the tomatoes start to burst, shaking the pan occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water as per package directions until al dente. Scoop out 1 cup of cooking water and reserve, then drain the pasta.
  4. Using the back of a wooden spoon, break up the tomatoes. Add a half cup or so of cooking water to the pan to loosen up the sauce, then add the hot pasta and basil. Toss to combine, adding a little more pasta water if things don't look quite saucy enough. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Main