Tomato, Basil & Cheese Pasta (or “Valentine’s Day Pasta”)

Tomato, Basil & Cheese Pasta

On Simply Delicious Living with Maryann, host Maryann Ridini-Spencer cooks up a delectable pasta dish setting the stage for the perfect amorè –filled Valentine’s Day!  Please note since I made this VIDEO, I’ve UPDATED this RECIPE (See below for Print Out).  I like this version of the recipe even better!
Tomato & Basil Pasta (also known as "Valentine's Day Pasta")
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Recipe type: Italian
Cuisine: Pasta
Serves: 4
  • 4 c. of Fusilli Pasta
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, diced Garlic
  • 1 c. whole basil leaves, chopped
  • freshly squeezed juice of one small lemon
  • 1 c. Parmesan/Romano cheese blend
  • garlic powder to taste
  • garlic salt and pepper to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil
  1. Boil 4 c. pasta in a pot on the stovetop according to package directions.
  2. In a skillet on the stovetop over medium heat, drizzle in olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and garlic.
  4. Cook until tomatoes are tender, but not mushy, then remove from heat.
  5. Drain cooked pasta and return it to the pot.
  6. To the pasta, add in cooked tomatoes and garlic, basil leaves, ¼ c. Parmesan/Romano cheese blend, lemon juice and garlic salt and pepper to taste. Mix gently.
  7. Serve dish immediately with the extra Parmesan/Romano cheese.
This dish goes great with my Simple Side Salad. It can be served as a meal and/or as a side dish.

©2010 — Maryann Ridini Spencer