Pasta with Tomato & Parmesan

I made this after I saw something similar in Bethenny Frankel’s Naturally Thin (I love trying new recipes!).  We had it with the stuffed portobellos that I posted about yesterday.

Pasta with Tomato & Parmesan


Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pasta (I used fusilli)
  • 4 medium/small on the vine tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic (smashed and chopped up)
  • salt and pepper
  • some oregano or basil
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan + more for topping
  • 10-15 crushed and toasted pistachios


  1. Cook the pasta normally.  
  2. While the pasta is cooking, saute the garlic in the oil over medium-high heat.  When it starts getting crispy, add the tomatoes, salt & pepper, and the oregano/basil (if it’s dried; if it’s fresh then you can add it at the end).  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer everything ’til the pasta is done.
  3. Drain the pasta (save a little bit of the water) and add the pasta to the pan.  Thicken the sauce with a few tablespoons of the leftover pasta water.
  4. Stir in the parmesan, nuts, and basil/oregano (if fresh).  Top with more parm.


This was really fantastic.  The portion size of pasta is pretty low, so if you’re serving a hungry guy, you might want to use more.  For us it worked out perfectly – Bobby had about 2/3rds of the dish and I had the rest (Bobby would have eaten more if there had been any left though).  Bethenny’s recipe originally called for just 1/2 cup of pasta (for 2 people!), but that would not be enough.

Try it!  What’s your favorite way to make pasta?  I usually hate pasta, but I really liked this…

9 Comments on Pasta with Tomato & Parmesan

  1. mi
    9 April, 2009 at 2:21 pm (8 years ago)

    parmesan is magical! a little goes such a long way.

  2. Lara (Thinspired)
    9 April, 2009 at 2:26 pm (8 years ago)

    Ooh, pistachio is soemthing new and different for a pasta dish! I bet it’s nice. I’m pretty boring with my pasta–just any sort of tomato sauce on it and I’m a happy camper!

  3. VeggieGirl
    9 April, 2009 at 3:25 pm (8 years ago)

    HOLY YUM!!

    I love making pasta with tons of vegetables and fresh herbs:-)

  4. K
    9 April, 2009 at 4:40 pm (8 years ago)

    Ever since I came back from Italy I’ve been a pizza and pasta snob! I had the BEST lasagna over there – it was almost like a spinach artichoke asparagus filling, no red sauce. Heaven 🙂

  5. Anna
    9 April, 2009 at 4:42 pm (8 years ago)

    My fave pasta is Barilla Plus (or just plain whole wheat) with lots of wilted spinach, cherry tomatos, and feta cheese. sooo gooood.

  6. coco
    9 April, 2009 at 6:15 pm (8 years ago)

    that’s the simplest pasta sauce… my favorite way to eat pasta is actually with a tomato sauce like this plus fresh basil 😀
    Love to see new recipes everyday! 🙂

  7. Caroline
    9 April, 2009 at 10:19 pm (8 years ago)

    Peanut Butter Noodles, all the way!

  8. Alison
    10 April, 2009 at 3:16 pm (8 years ago)

    Your recipe looks great. My favorite pasta dish will always be my mother’s spaghetti – ground beef with spaghetti seasoning, tomato paste, and Ragu. Not at all gourmet or healthy, but it tastes like home to me.

    BTW, just found your blog. I love the About Me and FAQ sections. Will have to check the Yoga section out too since I want to start doing it.

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