Angel Hair Pasta with Cherry Tomato Sauce Recipe

Angel Hair Pasta with Cherry Tomato Sauce Recipe

How To Make Angel Hair Pasta with Cherry Tomato Sauce

Easy to make, this Angel Hair Pasta dish is tossed with a delicious and fresh-tasting sauce made of cherry tomatoes, then topped with basil and cheese.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



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  • 1lbangel hair pasta,capellini, or Cappelli D’Angelo, or another thin spaghetti
  • 4tbspolive oil
  • 4cupscherry tomatoes,red and yellow
  • ½tspred pepper,crushed
  • ¼tspground black pepper
  • 2clovesgarlic,very thinly sliced
  • 1cupfresh basil leaves,removed from the stems
  • 1cupparmesan cheese,grated


  1. Bring a large pot of water with 2 teaspoons of salt to a boil. Add the pasta and stir well until the water returns to a boil.

  2. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the pasta is tender.

  3. With a ladle or a heatproof liquid measuring cup, remove about ½ cup of the pasta cooking water and set aside.

  4. Drain the pasta but do not rinse it. Transfer to a bowl.

  5. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the oil and toss well.

  6. Pierce small whole tomatoes with a skewer or the tip of a paring knife. Halve the tomatoes if they’re large.

  7. In a deep skillet over medium-high heat, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil.

  8. Add the cherry tomatoes – they will splutter – along with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt, red pepper, and black pepper.

  9. Cook, shaking the pan, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the tomatoes start to collapse and form juices.

  10. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 2 minutes more.

  11. Add the pasta and ¼ cup of the pasta water to the skillet with the tomato sauce. Toss well.

  12. Add more pasta water if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin the mixture so the sauce coats the pasta.

  13. Add ½ of the basil leaves and toss again.

  14. To serve, divide the pasta among 4 to 6 large bowls.

  15. Add a few basil leaves on top of the pasta and sprinkle generously with parmesan.

Recipe Notes

For a fancier presentation, if serving this at a dinner party, remove half of the tomatoes before tossing with the pasta. Plate the pasta, then top with the reserved tomatoes.


  • Calories: 480.92kcal
  • Fat: 16.81g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.56g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.60g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.63g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.30g
  • Fiber: 3.93g
  • Sugar: 5.32g
  • Protein: 19.95g
  • Cholesterol: 16.85mg
  • Sodium: 538.13mg
  • Calcium: 330.53mg
  • Potassium: 485.64mg
  • Iron: 1.71mg
  • Vitamin A: 111.30µg
  • Vitamin C: 17.35mg
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