Simple pasta with fresh basil

Barb Brillantes

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This is the kind of dish that makes you realize that the simplest meals are the greatest. Creating a flavorful and quick dish in under 30 minutes is really easy if you have these two ingredients: pasta and tomato sauce. It's the perfect solution whenever you're pressed for time.

simple pasta with fresh basil

If you need a quick and easy dinner idea, pasta is the way to go! Fresh basil and a sprinkling of Romano cheese is added making the perfect complement. Family and friends are certain to be wowed when you present them with this super simple pasta dish.

Simple pasta with fresh basil

Yields 4 servings


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2-1/2 cups tomato sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • A handful of basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Romano cheese, for sprinkling


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Heat tomato sauce in a pan on medium heat. Add cooked spaghetti to the tomato sauce and toss until well combined.
  3. Turn the heat off and add the fresh basil leaves and toss. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle Romano cheese on top.

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Barb Brillantes
Barb is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer who is obsessed with anything food-related. She originally started her blog, Wishful Chef, to connect to other food lovers and to showcase the dishes she would serve on her menu if she were a chef. Her dishes are simple, using high quality, fresh ingredients whenever possible. Barb is not vegetarian, however, she tries to cook healthy dishes with a focus on whole grains and vegetables.