Cherry Tomato Pasta

This cherry tomato pasta is my ideal summer dinner. Filled with bursty tomatoes, garlic, and basil, it's fresh, flavorful, and super easy to make!

Cherry tomato pasta

Making this cherry tomato pasta recipe is like giving yourself a gift. It’s incredibly simple, so you don’t need a lot of time or energy to do it, and the flavor is just so good. Sweet, tangy, fresh…this cherry tomato pasta is what summer cooking is all about.

Cherry tomatoes on a platter

Cherry Tomato Pasta Recipe Ingredients

Like any good summer recipe, this cherry tomato pasta starts with peak-season produce. Here, that means lots and lots of cherry tomatoes. Use as many varieties as you can get your hands on. Any color or shape will work – the more, the merrier!

You’ll cook down half into a light, garlicky sauce. Then, you’ll add the rest in the final few minutes of cooking. That way, they’ll still be plump and bursty when you eat.

Cherry tomato pasta recipe ingredients

Here’s what else you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • Pasta, of course! I love using bucatini here. The chewy, al dente noodles contrast perfectly with the juicy cherry tomatoes.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – For richness.
  • Garlic – It infuses the pasta with nutty depth of flavor.
  • Capers and balsamic vinegar – They give the pasta a tangy, briny kick.
  • Lemon zest – It adds a nice brightness.
  • Red pepper flakes – For heat.
  • Fresh basil – Because tomatoes + basil are a match made in heaven! Its spicy, aromatic flavor is essential here.
  • Pecorino cheese – It gives the pasta a rich, savory finish. If you’re vegan or dairy-free, feel free to skip it, or sprinkle your pasta with my vegan Parmesan cheese instead. Both options are delicious!
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Cherry tomato pasta with basil

Cherry Tomato Pasta Serving Suggestions

This cherry tomato pasta recipe is the perfect easy, elegant summer dinner. Serve it with crusty bread for mopping up the pasta sauce and a simple salad. Any of these recipes would be a great pick:

Round out the meal with peach crisp or cobbler for dessert. Enjoy!

Cherry tomato pasta recipe

More Summer Pasta Recipes

If you love this recipe, try another summer pasta dish next:

Cherry Tomato Pasta

rate this recipe:
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves 4 to 6
This cherry tomato pasta recipe is a delicious summer dinner! Serve it with crusty bread for mopping up the fresh, garlicky tomato sauce.


  • 12 ounces bucatini pasta
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 pints cherry tomatoes, divided
  • tablespoons capers
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • cups fresh basil
  • ¼ cup pecorino, Parmesan, or Vegan Parmesan, optional


  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the package directions, or until al dente. Drain and toss with a drizzle of olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • In a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring, until soft and fragrant. Add half the tomatoes along with the capers, lemon zest, vinegar, salt, red pepper flakes, and several grinds of pepper. Toss to coat. If the oil starts to sputter while cooking, turn the heat down as needed. Cook for 8 minutes, stirring often, until the tomatoes break down and release their juices.
  • Add the remaining tomatoes, stir, and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until the second addition of tomatoes is just beginning to burst. Add the pasta and toss to combine. Cook for 1-2 more minutes, or until the pasta is coated in the sauce and heated through.
  • Stir in the basil and cheese, if using. Season to taste and serve.


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Rate this recipe (after making it)

  1. Jeannette

    5 stars
    Was absolutely delicious. I wanted some protein so added about 1/2 can of garbanzo beans — smashed up — to the tomatoes after they burst. Will make again for sure.

  2. helan

    5 stars
    Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.

  3. Christine

    This was delicious. the whole family loved it. I doubled the basil and garlic, and I used spinach linguini. Such a wonderful and fresh sauce!

  4. Janet

    Looks fabulous! We’re heading home after a week of vacation and I was worried about what to do with all the cherry tomatoes that we haven’t harvested while away. This will put them to good use.

  5. Sabrina from

    great summer pasta dish, a nice pasta splurge for me and may even also try it with zucchini noodles to see how that tastes, thank you!

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