Basil Pasta Recipe 
Linguine with Tomatoes and Basil Cream Sauce

No website about basil would be complete without a good basil pasta recipe. Basil has long been associated with Italian food, and pasta is a natural extension. This basil pasta recipe combines whole sweet cherry tomatoes and a decadent basil cream sauce for a mouth-watering meal you won't soon forget.

The nice thing about this recipe is if you have the ingredients, it won't take long to put together .., and everyone will think you worked on this for hours. One of our favorites when the kid's sports start piling up on top of each other.


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes, left whole
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3/4 pound linguine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute for one minute. Add the tomatoes and saute for two more minutes. Stir in the cream and bring to a boil. Continue boiling 1 to 2 minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in the basil. Season with salt and pepper.

Drain the linguine and place in a serving bowl. Pour the sauce over the noodles and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

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