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Easy, Delicious Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Moms!

Weeknight Pasta Recipe

Anyone who knows me knows that I could eat pasta most nights of the week.  Even though I love it simply made with just noodles, oil, and parmesan cheese, I also love to "amp" it up by adding garlic and cherry tomatoes.  Here's a weeknight pasta recipe that is simple, tasty and can be made any day of the week without much work and will leave everyone satisfied.

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Leftovers for Lunch

This recipe makes excellent leftovers for lunch the next day or dinner later in the week. I would suggest doubling the recipe if you're feeding 4 people and want leftovers. Since this simple pasta tastes so good, it will all be gone before you know it!

If you're wanting this pasta but with a little extra zing, I suggest making my lemon chicken pasta. The lemon chicken adds beautiful lemon notes and makes it heartier.

Cherry Tomato Pasta

This is my go-to weeknight dinner. It makes your average pasta dish something truly unforgettable. Cooking the tomatoes makes them sweet and tender, creating a sort of light sauce. I suggest making a double recipe so you have plenty of leftovers.

Course dinner, lunch
Keyword Italian, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 relatively small portions

Ingredients

  • 1 box pasta 1 pound
  • 2 tbsp oil more for drizzling on top - if wanted
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes - just buy a container of cherry tomatoes. If you have a little extra or less that's fine. kept whole or halved
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup pasta water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese more if needed
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp basil (optional) chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta until al dente.  Boil pasta in salted water.  Add 1 teaspoon of salt to boiling water. Read box for cooking instructions.  Reserve 1/3 cup of pasta water.
  2. In the meantime, heat a large saute pan on medium.  Add oil and cherry tomatoes.  Cook until tomatoes are soft and cooked down, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and continue saluting for 1 minute.  Add cooked pasta, parmesan cheese, pepper, salt, and pasta water.  Continue cooking until pasta water has reduced, about 2 minutes. If using, add chopped basil. For extra measure, I top with 2 tablespoons of butter and a bit more cheese.  This is completely optional but makes for even tastier pasta.

Recipe Notes

This can become a one pot meal by cooking the pasta first, draining, and using that same pot to cook the sauce. This will make overall time longer, but if you want to reduce dishes, this is the option for you.

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