Fresh tomato pasta

Fresh tomato pasta

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(3 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4 with leftovers
Pep up this simple pasta dish with your favourites, a pinch of chilli, a few lardons or some extra veg

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal558
  • fat14g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs99g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre5g
  • protein16g
  • salt0.07g


  • 500g pack penne
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, optional
  • 16 spring onions, cut into long strips
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 300g cherry tomato
  • pinch golden caster sugar
  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • grated parmesan, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Cook the penne according to the pack instructions. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil very gently and add the chilli, if using, and the spring onions. Slowly cook the spring onion until wilted, then add the cherry tomatoes and sprinkle with the sugar. Turn up the heat and cook until the tomatoes are blistered.

  2. Drain the pasta and tip into a large bowl. Toss with everything from the tomato pan and the lemon juice. Serve in pasta bowls with grated parmesan.

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23rd Jul, 2017
This recipe comes up under the vegetarian section but it contains parmesan cheese which isn't, just something to keep in mind if you're cooking for veggies!
19th Nov, 2008
This is very good with just a little modification. I combined it with another pasta recipe by added a tablespoon or so of capers and some Kalamata olives at the same time as the tomatoes and it is so good. Perfect pasta
21st Jun, 2008
Was very nice even though I had no chilli or spring onion - I used chilli powder and onion instead. Quick and easy
7th Jun, 2008
Very nice - I added just a little chilli - a quarter of one - to give a little spice.
23rd May, 2008
reading the method it looks like it should be chilli. but I think adding onion in would be good!
22nd May, 2008
I have just printed this recipe should it read 1 large red chilli, if not , how do you deseed a large red onion??
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