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Simple Bursted Tomato Basil Wagon Wheel Pasta

By Jamie Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Servings: 5


  • 1 lb wagon wheel pasta
  • 1 1/2 pints grape tomatoes
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 bunch torn fresh basil
  • 1/2 lb diced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil


In a pot of boiling water, add wagon wheels and cook for 7-8 minutes. Drain, reserving a little pasta water to add to tomatoes.

Heat a high-sided skillet over medium-high heat; add olive oil, let heat. Add grape tomatoes, cover the skillet and shake to allow the tomatoes to burst, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in garlic and shake pan again to mix, then add reserved pasta water.

Dice cheese into chunks. Place the drained pasta directly in the skillet. Add in the basil (that’s been sliced into ribbons) and diced fresh mozzarella. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with more basil.