Villa Vignette: One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta


 Journey to a quaint Italian villa with our Villa Vignette One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta. Imagine sun-ripened tomatoes bursting with flavor, aromatic basil leaves, and perfectly cooked pasta coming together in one pot. Every mouthful is a symphony of classic Italian flavors, making you yearn for more. Simple, elegant, and utterly delicious.

A mesmerizing close-up of the One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta. The glistening pasta strands, rich tomato sauce, fresh basil leaves, and molten mozzarella are vividly displayed, offering a true taste of Italy.

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 servings 
Ideal Serving Size: 300 grams per serving

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calorie Count: 410 kcal per serving
  • Macronutrient Breakdown:
    • Carbohydrates: 75g
    • Proteins: 12g
    • Fats: 5g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Pasta (like spaghetti or linguine) - 400 grams
  • Fresh tomatoes, diced - 400 grams
  • Fresh basil leaves, torn - 30 grams
  • Garlic, minced - 10 grams
  • Olive oil - 20 ml
  • Red pepper flakes (optional) - 5 grams
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, grated for garnish - 50 grams
  • Fresh mozzarella, cubed - 100 grams

Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot, combine pasta, diced tomatoes, garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and enough water to cover the pasta.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally.
  4. Cook until the pasta is al dente and the tomatoes have broken down into a sauce.
  5. Fold in fresh basil and cubed mozzarella, allowing the heat to melt the cheese slightly.
  6. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy the taste of Italy in every bite.
A rustic Italian kitchen ambiance, where the pot of Tomato Basil Pasta takes center stage. Fresh ingredients like ripe tomatoes, aromatic basil, and a wedge of Parmesan cheese complement the scene, transporting you straight to a countryside kitchen in Tuscany.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For an added depth of flavor, stir in a splash of balsamic vinegar.
  • A sprinkle of pine nuts can add a delightful crunch.
  • Pair with a glass of Chianti for a complete Italian experience.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use dried basil? Fresh basil is recommended for its vibrant flavor, but in a pinch, 1 teaspoon of dried basil can be substituted for fresh.
  • Can I add protein? Absolutely, grilled chicken or shrimp make excellent additions.