Ina Garten Posted Her Summer Garden Pasta Recipe—and People Are Obsessed
It's no wonder this "fabulous" recipe went viral.
After a recent Instagram post quickly garnered more than 115,00 likes, we knew we had to try it. This pasta packed with garden-fresh ingredients sounds like just the thing for our next summer picnic.
What Is Ina Garten’s Summer Garden Pasta?
Like a lot of Ina’s recipes, this pasta is “surprisingly simple,” as she says in her Instagram post. It features marinated cherry tomatoes, basil and Parmesan cheese (plus a few other ingredients), tossed with hot angel hair pasta. I mean, just looking at it makes my stomach rumble.
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How to Make Ina Garten’s Summer Garden Pasta
Straight from her cookbook Barefoot Contessa at Home, this summer garden pasta recipe is about as good as it gets. Bonus: It’s a partially make-ahead dish!
- 4 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
- Good olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
- 18 large basil leaves, julienned, plus some additional for serving
- 1 pound dried angel hair pasta
- 1-1/2 freshly grated Parmesan cheese, with extra for serving
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Step 1: Season the tomatoes
First things first, add your cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to a large bowl (which ideally has a lid). Stir to make sure the tomatoes are evenly coated with the seasonings.
Step 2: Let them marinate
Put the lid on the bowl or cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the tomatoes marinate for 4 hours at room temperature.
Step 3: Cook your pasta
As mealtime approaches, you’ll need to prepare your pasta. Add dashes of olive oil and salt to a large pot of water, then bring it to a boil. Add the pasta. Once it’s al dente, drain the pasta and pop it in a large serving bowl.
Editor’s Tip: Because it’s so thin, angel hair pasta cooks to al dente in just a few minutes. Keep an eye on it!
Step 4: Toss together and serve
Mix in the cherry tomatoes, then sprinkle with Parmesan and extra basil. That’s it—it’s ready to enjoy!
See? “Surprisingly simple.”