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Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta

by Adrianne

Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight pasta recipe. This simple vegetarian spaghetti showcases cherry tomato recipes that work for fuss free cooking! 

Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta on a white plate with basil leaves

Simple Pasta recipes like the Artichoke Spaghetti, Smoked Salmon Spaghetti and Tomato Spaghetti  make weeknight cooking that bit easier by bringing no fuss ideas to the kitchen. 

Using fresh basil is a great alternative to spinach or rocket and brings a herby zestiness to recipes! 

The Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese and Instant pot Spaghetti Bolognese, take traditional spag bowl and use modern cooking appliances to get dinner sorted. 


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Cherry Tomato recipes

Cherry tomatoes are bright, fresh and easy to cook. 

You can throw them into lots of dishes like the Chipolatas with Baked Beans, Taco Soup with Black Beans or Sausage Spaghetti!

Use them in salads, stirred through pasta or in quiches for simple ways to add them to recipes. 

Cherry Tomato recipes can be made vegetarian like this one and thrown on the plate like in the Boiled Egg Salad.

Burst Cherry Tomato Spaghetti (or your favourite Pasta) ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are simple and easy to find at the local shops. They are set out in the photo below so you can see exactly what you need:

Ingredients for burst cherry tomato pasta

As you can see, we have:

  • pasta (I use spaghetti, you can use your favourite pasta!)
  • basil leaves
  • cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • pepper
  • garlic
  • parsley

Try and get a combination of red and orange cherry tomatoes as this will add to the taste, texture and colour of the dish! 

How to make Pasta with Burst Cherry Tomatoes

The photos below are the easy step by step instructions you need to bring this dish together: 

Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta method with text over lay

  1. Finely dice the garlic cloves (Photo 1)
  2. Add olive oil to pan (Photo 2)
  3. Transfer diced garlic into pan(Photo 3)
  4. And cherry tomatoes (Photo 4)

We cook this dish at a medium temperature until the tomatoes burst open and their juices come out! 

It will take about 5 mins for the tomatoes to heat, then soft and burst, you can stir them throughout this process. 

Burst cherry tomato pasta steps 5 to 8


Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta instructions

  • cook cherry tomatoes until they burst (approx 5 mins)(Photo 5)
  • cook pasta, drain and reserve 1 cup of pasta water
  • add cooked pasta to the burst cherry tomatoes(Photo 6)
  • use a spoon and stir to combine (Photo 7)

We garnish our pasta with fresh basil, chopped parsley, parmesan cheese and pepper, it tastes sensational! 

Pasta with cherry tomatoes info

About the recipe:

  • there is 8 total ingredients for this recipe! 
  • you can use your favourite pasta, spaghetti, fettucine, linguine are all good options! 
  • this recipe will feed 4-6 people depending on portion size
  • we cook the cherry tomatoes till they burst and use that liquid with the pasta water for our pasta sauce
  • switch out the basil leaves and use spinach leaves for a change! 

FAQs about Cherry Tomato Pasta

  1. this is a super easy recipe that is quick to prepare
  2. the pasta sauce is so simple to stir together
  3. the olive oil helps cook the garlic and tomatoes and drizzles into to the pasta sauce
  4. add the basil leaves and parsley for garnish (neither are cooked)

Your quick questions answered:

  1. either roma or cherry tomatoes work for this recipe
  2. the pasta can be cooked whilst the cherry tomatoes are being cooked (in a separate pan)
  3. the recipe takes approx 15 mins
  4. This is an EASY recipe

Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta on a blue plate with grey napkin

Expert tips:

These tips are to help you master this recipe from the 1st time you make it:

  • cook the spaghetti till it is al dente! (to add further texture to the dish)
  • add a spoon or 2 of Basil and Cashew Pesto for even more flavour! 
  • swap the basil leaves out for spinach or rocket leaves 
  • freeze the cooked pasta for easy dinners during the week

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This spaghetti recipe has a lighter feel to it than a hearty meat based spaghetti bolognese. 

Fork with pasta twirled around it on a plate with cherry tomatoes and basil

Spaghetti recipes 

For pasta recipes that you can’t go wrong with, you might like to try some of the following recipes:

  1. Smoked Salmon Spaghetti
  2. Artichoke Spaghetti
  3. Instant Pot Penne Pasta
  4. Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese
  5. Ground Beef Casserole
  6. Tuna Pasta Bake
  7. Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
  8. Rocket Pesto Pasta
  9. Sausage Spaghetti
  10. Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese
  11. Anchovy Spaghetti

These recipes are to make your life easy! Nights when you are low on energy, want home cooked but don’t want a complicated recipe and you are hungry!!
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Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta on a white plate with spoon and fork in pasta

Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta

Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight pasta recipe. With garlic and roasted cherry tomatoes this spaghetti gets dinner on the table quickly!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian, Inernational
Keyword: burst cherry tomato pasta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 83kcal
Author: Adrianne


Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta

  • 500 grams pasta Note 1
  • 500 grams cherry tomatoes Note 2
  • 1 tbsp olive oil Note 3
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water Note 4
  • Parmesan cheese to garnish
  • cracked pepper to garnish
  • basil leaves to garnish
  • parsley to garnish


Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta

  • Cook pasta in boiling, salted water according to package instructions
  • Dice garlic cloves
  • Add olive oil, to a skillet or fry pan and turn to a medium heat, add diced garlic and cook for 1 mins or so, then add cherry tomatoes
  • Cook till cherry tomatoes burst (approx 5 mins), continue stirring and allow the oil and juices from the cherry tomatoes to combine.
  • Drain pasta and reserve 1 cup of the pasta water
  • Add pasta water to the cherry tomatoes and stir to combine
  • Transfer cooked pasta into the cherry tomato mix and stir to combine and heat through
  • Portion the pasta onto serving plates
  • Garnish with basil leaves, parsley, parmesan cheese and cracked pepper



  • Note 1 Use your favourite pasta. Spaghetti, fettucine and linguine are all good options. 
  • Note 2 Try and get a combination of orange and red cherry tomatoes as they will add colour to the dish
  • Note 3 We need actual oil (not spray oil) for this recipe. As it forms the base of the pasta sauce with the burst cherry tomato juices and pasta water merged into it
  • Note 4 Once your pasta is cooked, drain BUT KEEP 1 cup of the water and stir that into the cherry tomatoes to make the sauce juicy and moist. 


Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 669mg | Potassium: 686mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1153IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
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Cherry Tomato recipes

The bright little bursting tomatoes that can be eaten as is or cooked to your liking can be added to SO many dishes. 

This is one of my favourite ways to use cherry tomatoes as they have literally burst with flavour.

If you don’t feel like mac and cheese or penne pasta grab the spaghetti and give this recipe a go. 

Please give me a shout if you have questions or make the recipe as I would love to hear your feedback.

Watching the tomatoes soften and burst as they cook is what this recipe is all about, enjoy it my friend! 

Adrianne x


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Kushigalu July 6, 2020 - 9:52 am

5 stars
What a delicious pasta recipe. Adding it to my to do list. Thanks for sharing

Adrianne July 6, 2020 - 10:55 am

That is great to hear, thanks Kushigalu for your feedback!

Danielle Wolter July 6, 2020 - 10:37 am

Loving how fresh and flavorful this is! It came out just perfect and everyone loved it.

Bry July 6, 2020 - 11:01 am

This is such a great recipe! I love cherry tomatoes, and they add such a freshness and lightness to pasta. YUM!

Sisley July 6, 2020 - 11:43 am

5 stars
This meal was delicious. I love it. So fresh and healthy and the finished result looked exactly like the photo. Thank you so much.

Alison July 6, 2020 - 11:54 am

5 stars
This is my kind of recipe! A light fresh and delicious pasta with the flavors of summer!

Ellen September 19, 2020 - 12:30 am

5 stars
We made this tonight! It was SO good….and easy! Shared with a neighbor 🙂

Adrianne September 20, 2020 - 5:53 pm

Thanks Ellen!! That is so great to hear. I appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback for me.


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