Pasta with "Melted Tomatoes," Garlic and Basil

July 25, 2016


1. Cook pasta, reserving some pasta water. In a large skillet heat olive oil, add garlic and cherry tomatoes. Saute about 10 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes. Add vinegar, pasta, butter and basil to skillet. Cook 5 minutes, adding pasta water to thin if necessary. Serve with grated cheese.


  • 8 ounces thin spaghetti (or other long pasta, pasta water reserved)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pint sweet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 large handfuls crushed tomatoes or 1 large tomato, crushed (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic or sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • handful of slivered basil (or chiffonade)
  • Parmigiano-Regianno cheese, grated
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