Easy Tomato Basil Pasta

Tomato Basil Pasta is an easy weeknight meal that comes together in little time. Fresh basil, tomatoes, parmesan and pasta create an easy and appetizing pasta dish!

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal!

Pasta is the best comfort food. It is warm, comforting and filling. This tomato basil pasta is an easy meal that can be made in about 30 minutes. It is perfect for the weeknights when you want to cook something, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.

I make this meal quite often because it is one of my go-to meals when I want to clean out the pantry and use up vegetables from the garden. Summer brings an excess of basil so I often find myself adding it to anything and everything. I also just love to leave bunches sitting in a vase on my kitchen counter. The scent of basil is actually one of my favorite scents. And the flavor is crisp, bold and aromatic.

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal! Easy Tomato Basil Pasta Recipe with Cappellos Gluten Free Pasta Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal! Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal!

For this particular meal, I used gnocchi pasta but I usually just use whatever I have available. I also like to serve this easy tomato basil pasta dish with tortellini pasta. It is an easy, versatile and flavorful dish perfect for any time of the year.

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • ground black pepper
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until it starts to shimmer. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato paste, red pepper flakes, and crushed tomatoes. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Add wine and cook, stirring frequently, until about 3/4 of liquid has evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low, partially cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of pasta water.
  3. Stir in cream and parmesan cheese. Add more water, if necessary to adjust the consistency of the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add sauce to cooked pasta. Stir in basil and serve with additional parmesan cheese.

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent Cappellos Gluten Free pasta to try and wanted to share it with my readers. It is a gluten free, grain free and the perfect substitute for pasta. It is made fresh and can be purchased online or at many local food stores, such as Whole Foods. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Pasta is definitely the best type of comfort food! I love the simple flavors in this dish, Ashley. They blend so well together and look amazing! Love it!

  2. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Oh yeah! The wonderful flavors of tomato and basil. Definitely a favorite for me. Looks amazing Ashley! Pinned.
    Happy Wednesday!

  3. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I love a good soup recipe come fall and winter! And you can’t go wrong with pasta, tomato and basil — looks delicious Ashley!

  4. Amy | Club Narwhal

    Holy cow, Ashley! I am drooling just looking at this bowl of amazing pasta 🙂 I can totally see why this is your go-to meal!

  5. Kelly

    This is definitely comfort in a bowl! It looks gorgeous! I love the sound of this gluten-free pasta too and the fresh summery flavors sound perfect! Pinning 🙂

  6. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I just realized I’m a little bit dumb. I totally thought this was a tomato basil gnocchi soup! So…. ignore my previous comment. Apparently I can’t read. Which sucks, because I’m an English teacher. :S

    • Ashley

      No problem, Ashley! The sauce is not very thick so I can see how it could be confused with a soup. The funny thing is that I actually adapted this recipe based on a soup I make often with tortellini.

  7. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    During the week, I love making meals like this! You have some of my favorite ingredients in this too – basil, tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. A perfect combination!

  8. Sues

    This looks soo gorgeous. I could eat pasta/gnocchi any night of the week (and probably for breakfast, too)!

  9. Laura O | PetiteAllergyTreats

    Looks fantastic! And it’s gluten free?! I’ll have to look for this at WF. Pinned. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Tash

    This looks so fresh and wholesome, I love it 🙂

  11. Joanne

    So funny…as soon as I saw the title of this post, I immediately thought of the Cappello’s gnocchi in my fridge. And now here it is! A must make.

  12. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    This is a great idea for a weeknight meal! You can never go wrong with a classic pasta dish with basil. Definitely craving a bowl now… I think I know what I have to make for dinner tonight. Thanks!

  13. Zainab

    This will be great any night!!!

  14. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    I freaking love gnocchi and this sauce looks good and EASY- that’s key for me 😛
    Boyfriend is gonna love this when I make it!

  15. Karla - The Candid Kitchen

    I love classics, they never disappoint me and a tomato basil pasta is such an easy but perfect flavour combination! Lovely recipe 🙂

  16. Rachel @ Bakerita

    This looks so absolutely delicious – that gnocchi looks amazing! Love the sauce too, yum.

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  24. Kristin

    I seriously ate this to the point of pain tonight. Ouch! Sooooo good!!!! Thank you for the recipe!

    • Ashley

      I am so glad to hear that you loved it, Kristin! It is one of my favorites!

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