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Spicy Garlic & Cherry Tomato Pasta

This tasty penne pasta recipe is filled with tomato flavor and garlicky goodness. It will be ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes!

25 mins
4 Serving(s)
Spicy Garlic & Cherry Tomato Pasta


  • 1 (8.8 oz.) pkg. Barilla Red Lentil penne pasta
  • 4 tbsp. Schnucks olive oil, divided
  • 3 tbsp. non-pareil capers, drained
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. Full Circle organic crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 lbs cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pecorino romano cheese, grated


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil on high heat. Cook penne according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 2/3 cup of pasta water for sauce; cover and set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high. Pat capers dry, then add to pan and cook 2–3 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp. Transfer capers to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Add remaining olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes to hot pan. Sauté 1 minute or until fragrant. Add cherry tomatoes, then cook until blistered and starting to burst, about 3–5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and add tomato paste, stirring frequently. Cook until color darkens, about 2 minutes. Add reserved 2/3 cup pasta water and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until saucy. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. Stir in cooked pasta and half the sliced basil. Top with crispy capers, remaining basil and pecorino romano cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

378 Calories Per ServingFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 333mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 9gSugars: 7gProtein: 18g

Actual nutritional values may vary depending on specific ingredients used and/or modifications to the recipe