• Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 pound fresh, ripe tomatoes
  • 68 basil leaves, coarsely torn
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup prepared Pesto Genovese (or see recipe below)
  • Parmigiano Cheese, grated

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  1. Rinse the tomatoes under cold water. Remove the core and some seeds, and then cut into large bite-sized peices.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the garlic in olive oil until golden. Add the tomatoes and stir together for a few minutes.Then add the basil leaves. Add salt to taste.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente.
  5. Drain, and mix into the skillet with the tomatoes.
  6. Remove to a serving bowl and mix in the Pesto Genovese.
  7. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of Parmigiano.


Pesto Genovese Recipe

2-3 cups basil leaves (preferably young and fresh),
½+ cup extra virgin olive oil,
6 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano,
2 tablespoons grated Pecorino,
2 cloves garlic,
1 tablespoon pine nuts,
sprinkle of salt,

Gently wash the basil in cold water and pat dry with a towel. Crush one clove of garlic in a mortar and add some basil (30 leaves per clove), and then a sprinkle of salt. In a gentle circular motion, use the mortar to tear the basil until it turns into a bright green oily liquid. Repeat this process until all the basil and garlic are added. Add the pine nuts and gently crush them into the mixture. Next add the cheese. When the cheese is mixed in, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and mix together. The pesto is ready to use.