Lemon Basil Garden Pasta

Posted by Jackie on Jun 12, 2011

My husband and I love to plant.  We pack as many plants as we possibly can on our balcony every summer, and we always end up with a jungle of fruits, vegetables and flowers.  We love the idea of growing your own food.  I love to go out there, pick some herbs and vegetables and make dinner with whatever I bring back inside.  Being vegetarian, it’s easy to put together a quick meal with what we grow, from salads to pastas to soups.

I call this pasta my Garden Pasta, simply because you can make it with ingredients that you can find in your own home garden, or a local farmers market.  The burst of flavor from the fresh basil and lemon is like sunshine on a hot summer day!


  • 1 pound of pasta (such as rotini or penne)
  • 8 plum tomatoes, halved
  • 6 leaves of basil, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese


In a large pot, boil the pasta.  Once the pasta is done, drain, and pour into a large bowl.

Add the tomatoes, basil, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper.  Toss to combine all the ingredients.

Sprinkle the shredded parmesan on top, and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

© 2011 Original recipe by La Casa de Sweets

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6 Responses to “Lemon Basil Garden Pasta”

  1. Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) June 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    I came across this link on Mingle Monday and am so glad I did. This salad looks fresh, simple, and delicious. A great summer food.

  2. Marla June 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Such a delightful summer pasta!

    Please pop over if you would like to add up to 3 recipes to our entree week of Get Grillin’. We would love to have you 🙂 http://su.pr/17fizq

    • lacasadesweets June 26, 2011 at 1:56 am #

      Thank you, Marla! I will definitely check out your Grilling page 🙂

  3. joy July 15, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    Delicious! Thank you Jackie!

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