Cherry Tomato Pasta

Anyone who knows me knows that I could eat pasta most nights of the week.  Even though I love it simply made, just noodles, oil, and parmesan cheese, I also love to “amp” it up a bit by adding garlic and cherry tomatoes.  Here’s a simple but tasty recipe that could be made any day of the week without much work and will leave everyone satisfied.
Recipe: Cherry Tomato Pasta
Prep Time: 5 minutes     Cook Time: 15-20 minutes       Serves: 2 or 3
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup pasta water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Parmesan cheese
1/2 pound pasta
2 tablespoons basil, chopped
Cook pasta until al dente.  Boil pasta in salted water.  Add 1 teaspoon of salt to boiling water. Read box for cooking instructions.  Reserve 1/3 cup of pasta water.
In the meantime, heat a large saute pan on medium.  Add oil, butter, and cherry tomatoes.  Cook until tomatoes are soft and cooked down, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and continue saluting for 1 minute.  Add cooked pasta, salt, and pasta water.  Continue cooking until pasta water has reduced, about 2 minutes.  Top with basil and parmesan cheese.  For extra measure, I add an extra pad of butter and some a bit more cheese.  This is completely optional but makes for even tastier pasta.

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