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This easy and healthy cherry tomato 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.

EatingWell Magazine, May 2019


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Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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

1 1/2 cups
385 calories; protein 16.2g; carbohydrates 48.6g; dietary fiber 6.9g; sugars 4.7g; fat 15.4g; saturated fat 5.1g; cholesterol 24.5mg; vitamin a iu 1529.3IU; vitamin c 21.9mg; folate 72.2mcg; calcium 252.9mg; iron 2.9mg; magnesium 98.7mg; potassium 609.4mg; sodium 621.6mg.

3 starch, 1 1/2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 medium-fat protein