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Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta with Fresh Basil

This Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta with Fresh Basil is a delightful tomato-based evening meal that celebrates the simplicity and richness of fresh ingredients. Perfect for a cosy night in, this dish offers a burst of flavour with every bite, making it a comforting and satisfying choice for any occasion.


  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 oz pasta (spaghetti or your choice)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)


Step 1 – Preheat the Oven:

Preheat your oven to 200°C.

Step 2 – Prepare the Tomatoes:

In a baking dish, toss the halved cherry tomatoes with minced garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper until well coated.

Step 3 – Roast the Tomatoes:

Spread the tomatoes out evenly in the baking dish. Roast in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and caramelized.

Step 4 – Cook the Pasta:

While the tomatoes are roasting, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain, reserving a cup of pasta cooking water.

Step 5 – Combine Pasta and Tomatoes:

Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add it to a large bowl. Add the roasted tomatoes and any juices from the baking dish. Toss gently to combine.

Step 6 – Finish with Fresh Basil:

Add torn fresh basil leaves to the pasta and tomatoes. Toss again to distribute the basil throughout the dish.