Sinful Tomato and Basil Noodle Recipe

by katerina on July 28, 2011

There is nothing which relieves stress like a luscious bowl of noodles to dive into. This pasta recipe will have you slurping spaghetti and relaxing your tired body into the couch faster than you can say bruschetta.

Fresh tomatoes and basil are tossed with a slinky pasta which has been coated in a mixture of salty cheese, butter and raw egg yolks. The recipe is another vegetarian carbonara of sorts; not healthy but it’s all real food, and all about the ingredients.

Vegetarian Carbonara with Tomatoes and Basil

Feeling relaxed yet? Pour yourself a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and put your pyjamas on, I won’t judge.

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Tomato and Basil Noodles

(serves 2)

200g spaghetti
1 tablespoon butter
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup Parmagianno cheese
1 lb mixed fresh tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
salt and freshly ground pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a heaping tablespoon of salt and when it returns to a boil add spaghetti. Cook until on the slightly undercooked version of al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and drain. Meanwhile heat a large skillet to medium-low and melt butter. Add pasta to skillet and coat with butter. In a small bowl fork together the egg yolk. Turn off the heat and toss quickly with the pasta, followed by the cheese. Add the hot pasta water a tablespoon at a time until the pasta is gently and evenly sauced. Add basil and tomatoes and allow to cook in the residual heat for a few minutes. Taste and add salt as necessary and lots of freshly ground pepper.

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 minutes | Total Time:15 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 480

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Burleson July 28, 2011 at 9:05 am

This looks yummy. Will have to try it very soon!


katerina July 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

Thanks Mary! Let me know when you try it :)


Sharon July 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

How much basil?


katerina July 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm

1/4 cup!


marla July 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Wonderful noodle recipe, would love this for dinner tonight!


branny July 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Um…yum! I want this!


Melissa@EyesBigger July 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Sounds delicious, a different way of doing pasta than I’ve tried before. Have to give this one a whirl.


michelle July 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

do you leave the 1/2 cup pasta water with the pasta and put it in the skillet when you toss the pasta with butter?


katerina July 31, 2011 at 7:14 pm

michelle – sorry I updated the recipe, the pasta water may or may not be necessary depending on how much water still clings to the noodles. I love this trick though as it allows you to create a sauce with almost nothing!


michelle July 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I added it the whole half cup and it made a great sauce for the pasta indeed! I also roasted my cherry tomatoes, this is recipe is going to be added to our usual rotation for sure, delicious! Thanks for sharing.


katerina July 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Oh good! I am glad it worked out! Yes, roasting the tomatoes will concentrate that flavour even more, great idea.


Diane August 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I just made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I was disappointed when it was gone. Thank you for sharing!


katerina August 8, 2011 at 9:10 am

Diane – awesome, thanks for reporting back!


Abigail @ TheFatLossAuthority November 4, 2011 at 5:16 am

A nice big bowl of great noodles – it just makes the stresses of the day melt away – for me anyway! This was even better than I thought it would be and yes, it is did “taste” sinful, which made it all the better! lol :o)


katerina November 4, 2011 at 11:53 am

Awesome! Thanks Abigail.

Reply June 18, 2012 at 3:41 am

This recipe is AMAZING! I love the simplicity and beauty of this dish. It was just featured on the as the “Daily Nosh” paired with Goldwater 2010 Sauvignon Blanc.



katerina June 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the link!


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