Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta in 30 Minutes

Freshly-made pasta sauce doesn't have to take all day -- in fact, you can make this light, from-scratch tomato basil pasta in less than 30 minutes, including time to boil the pasta.

This flavorful, light sauce is best served tossed with a thinner pasta, such as angel hair or thin spaghetti. It stores well in the refrigerator for a couple days, so don't be afraid of making a big pot of it and enjoying it for lunch or dinner the next day!

Being that this dish is so versatile, you can always add a lean protein of your choice, such as grilled chicken or shrimp. 

italian spaghetti pasta with tomato sauce, cheese parmesan and basil on plate and ingredients for cooking pasta on dark table

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Tomatoes are great to have in your diet. According to Health.com, tomatoes help fight off cellular damage and are packed with the following health benefits:

  • Lycopene.  This is a powerful antioxidant that can help fight off cellular and free-radical damage.
  • Eye health.  Lycopene, beta-carotene, and lutein are all beneficial to your eye health, helping protect against cataracts and macular-degeneration.
  • Heart health.  Higher levels of lycopene in your blood have been linked to lower death rates of people with heart conditions.
  • Skin benefits.  A study shows that tomatoes along with olive oil boost collagen production and can help protect skin from sun damage. Olive oil helps the lycopene absorb into your body.

There is more than a pound of tomatoes in this recipe, so enjoy the wonderful flavors while knowing you are giving your body a healthy boost!

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