Cherry Tomato Pasta

How to Make Cherry Tomato Pasta

Cherry tomato pasta is a simple dish for any day of the week which calls for the freshest, juiciest organic cherry tomatoes you can find. Once you add aromatic basil to create the perfect pairing plus a scoop full of mascarpone cheese it will be even creamier than you had imagined – without the cream of course! Try this twist on Neapolitan pasta and don’t go past the extra dash of pecorino cheese which really makes the flavours sing on a plate!

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How to Make CHERRY TOMATO PASTA Like an Italian

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Vincenzo’s Top Tips To Make Cherry Tomato Pasta

Pick your favorite!

Make sure you pick your favorite fresh and organic cherry tomato. Always best if fresh!

Al dente as always

The pasta should be cooked according to packet instructions but always follow the al dente timing for a more authentic texture!

GO for the creamy consistency

Mix well until you get a creamy consistency for your pasta sauce and to spready it evenly with the pasta.

cherry tomato pasta

Cherry Tomato Pasta

Vincenzo's Plate
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2


  • knife
  • Spatula or Wooden spoon
  • Medium fry pan
  • large pot for boiling pasta
  • Hand-held sieve
  • Chopping-board
  • Mug


  • Organic cherry tomatoes
  • Garlic 1 clove per person
  • Bunch fresh basil
  • 250 grams Mascarpone cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil EVOO
  • Handful or a little more pecorino cheese
  • Short dry pasta Casarecce, penne etc
  • 1 tbsp Rock salt


  • Cherry tomato pasta is delicious with almost any dry pasta shape. Pick your favourite then boil 5L water in a large pot before prepping the sauce.
  • Remove cherry tomatoes from the vine and cut each one in half.
  • Put the pan on your stove at a medium heat and drizzle 4-5 tablespoons EVOO before adding the cherry tomatoes and leaving them to simmer.
  • Crush the garlic for your cherry tomato pasta and add to the pan.
  • Mix the garlic through using a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Your pasta water should now have come to the boil, add a tablespoon of rock salt, mix through and add your pasta. This should be cooked according to packet instructions – follow the al dente timing for a more authentic texture.
  • The tomatoes should now have started to release some of their juices. Gently press down on them so that even more juice is released and the sauce really infuses with the garlic.
  • Once the tomato skin is nice and wrinkled and a beautiful sauce has formed, add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Season to your liking.
  • Get a mug and scoop up some pasta water, pouring half of it into your sauce. Stir it into the sauce then add more as you need it – especially if you have made extra for more than 2 people.
  • Next add a generous amount of fresh basil leaves to your cherry tomato pasta sauce, breaking them with your hands or leaving them whole. Mix again!
  • Once the pasta has boiled, strain it and add it to your pan, then mix it all through and scoop up another cup full of pasta water leaving it to the side.
  • Stir the pasta through the sauce and once it is mixed well, add mascarpone cheese and let it melt into the cherry tomato pasta, helping it along by adding some pasta water as you go.
  • Follow this with a generous handful of pecorino cheese and mix well until you get a creamy consistency – if it’s not quite there, add a small amount of pasta water at a time and continue to mix.
  • E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!


Keyword Easy, easy italian pasta recipes, Fresh, Homemade
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How to serve Cherry Tomato Pasta

The cherry tomato pasta is a crowd-pleaser that is sure to satisfy everyone’s cravings. The sweet and tangy taste of the cherry tomatoes combined with the garlicky tomato sauce make for a delightful flavour experience. To take this dish to the next level, it is important to serve it correctly. One way to do so is by portioning it out onto individual plates.

To give your dish a beautiful presentation, consider making a nest with the pasta in the center of the plate. This way, the cherry tomatoes and other ingredients will be on full display. And, of course, no pasta dish is complete without plenty of sauce. Spoon on extra sauce to each portion, making sure every bite is coated in the delicious tomato flavour.

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8 Responses to Cherry Tomato Pasta

  1. Paul Cunliffe January 30, 2023 at 12:36 AM #

    5 stars
    I love your recipes. I love authenticity and simple Italian cooking. I’ve made your Arrabbiata time and time again and this cherry tomato pasta is perfect. I’ve done it a couple of times now to play with the level of mascarpone I like and I’ve even adapted slightly for my taste by adding a chilli (I love the slight heat it gives).

    Whoop whoop!!!! On to the next recipe!!

  2. Mark March 25, 2023 at 10:51 AM #

    5 stars
    Simple and fast. My kinda recipe.

    • Vincenzo's Plate April 18, 2023 at 5:29 PM #

      Sometimes simple and fast recipes can be just as delicious and satisfying as more complex ones. It is great to share the same sentiments with you on this.

  3. Matthew McCaffery April 22, 2023 at 4:09 AM #

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. It has entered our dinner rotation.

  4. LolaLolaLllLola April 4, 2024 at 2:25 PM #

    You have no amount given for tomatoes or pasta, only cheese. It makes it hard to get the right ratio of sauce and pasta. Help!

    • Vincenzo's Plate April 5, 2024 at 10:15 AM #

      Ciao! Thanks for checking out my recipe! With cherry tomatoes, a good rule of thumb is to use about 1 to 1.5 cups of cherry tomatoes for every 8 ounces of pasta if you’re looking for a lightly sauced pasta. If you prefer your pasta with more sauce, feel free to increase the amount of tomatoes. Let me know how it turns out for you. Happy cooking and and bon appétit!

      • LolaLolaLllLola April 8, 2024 at 3:45 AM #

        Thank you for that speedy answer! That helps a lot!

        • Vincenzo's Plate April 8, 2024 at 10:04 AM #

          You’re welcome my friend! Buon appetito!

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