Fresh & Simple Pasta with Cocktail Tomatoes


By Lori Taylor

A cocktail tomato is a mid-size tomato: larger than a grape or cherry tomato, smaller than a beefsteak.  I would say that the average size of a cocktail tomato is somewhere between a ping pong ball & a baseball.

They are delicious & very versatile.  Perfect for stuffing, delicate enough for salads & hearty enough for stews… all while boasting a vibrant stand-alone flavor that leaves you wanting more!  The recipe this week is Fresh & Simple Pasta, compliments of Nature Fresh Farms.

Fresh & Simple Pasta with Cocktail Tomatoes

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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian


  • 14 oz tomato quartered, cocktail tomatoes recommended
  • 1 large onion sliced thin
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 sprigs basil julienned
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 lb pasta of choice, cooked


  • Drizzle olive oil in pan over medium high heat, add onions & sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and continue to sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the cocktail tomatoes & sauté until they soften & juices start flowing.
  • Reduce heat, stir in half of the basil & cook 3-5 min, sauce will begin to thicken. Add in half the cheese & stir well.
  • Add the cooked pasta into the pan & toss to mix. Garnish with basil & top with cheese.


This recipe would also be great chilled, served as a pasta salad!


Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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