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15-Minute Cherry Tomato Pasta Recipe

Who said you always need to have meat in your pasta?  Not when you're using a sauce that is as light and flavor-packed as this one.  This quick and easy Cherry Tomato Pasta certainly ticks those boxes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 419kcal
Author: Neriz


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 & 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered, (about 15 pieces)
  • 8 whole green olives, pitted, chopped
  • 5 ounces spaghetti
  • salt and pepper, to season


Preparing pasta:

  • Cook spaghetti as per package instruction.
  • Start by boiling salted water for pasta, then proceed as indicated; prepare the sauce while cooking the pasta on the side.

Preparing cherry tomato sauce:

  • Place a medium or large skillet over medium-high heat and pour olive oil into it.
  • Once the oil is ready, add garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant.
  • Add cherry tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix and cover the pan with a lid.  Adjust heat to medium and bring fresh tomatoes to a boil.
  • Adjust heat to low and simmer for about five minutes.
  • Add chopped olives.
  • Mix, then cover again with a lid and simmer for two more minutes; taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Add cooked spaghetti and mix to coat the pasta with cherry tomato sauce.
  • Serve, with some fresh parsley or grated cheese on top, if desired.


  • Cook's Tip #1: Cook the pasta and the sauce at the same time.  If your pasta cooks for more than 9 minutes, then adjust your timings.  For reference, the spaghetti that I used in this recipe requires 9 minutes to cook --- so I start with my sauce when the pasta water is close to boiling.
  • Cook's Tip #2: Remember to adjust the seasoning after adding the olives. It is also the right time to add fresh herbs if you prefer to have them.
  • Recipe Variation #1: You can add dried or fresh herbs to the sauce like parsley or oregano.
  • Recipe Variation #2: If you want a bit of kick in the cherry tomato sauce, add chili flakes with the cherry tomatoes, then just adjust before turning the heat off.
  • Recipe Variation #3: Feel free to skip green olives if you are not a fan of them. Alternatively, you can use black olives as a substitute for this fresh tomato pasta instead.
  • Recipe Variation #4: You want more earthy flavor? Then add a teaspoon of capers in there -- don't forget to rinse them first, of course.


Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 563IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg