This easy and healthy pasta recipe takes just 20 minutes to prep so it's a perfect weeknight dinner. Cooking garlic cloves whole and then mashing them into the sauce not only saves time, it creates a mellow garlic flavor that melds seamlessly into the silky burst cherry tomatoes.

Karen Rankin
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2019

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Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water, drain the pasta and cover to keep warm.

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  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften and turn light golden, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, squash and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash softens and the tomatoes begin to burst, 4 to 5 minutes. Lightly mash the garlic with the back of a spoon. Remove from heat.

  • Add the pasta and reserved cooking water to the pan along with basil and mozzarella; toss to combine. Serve topped with Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts

385 calories; protein 16.2g 32% DV; carbohydrates 48.6g 16% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 6.9g 28% DV; sugars 4.7g; fat 15.4g 24% DV; saturated fat 5.1g 25% DV; cholesterol 24.5mg 8% DV; vitamin a iu 1529.3IU 31% DV; vitamin c 21.9mg 36% DV; folate 72.2mcg 18% DV; calcium 252.9mg 25% DV; iron 2.9mg 16% DV; magnesium 98.7mg 35% DV; potassium 609.4mg 17% DV; sodium 621.6mg 25% DV.