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Simple Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta

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  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Diet: Vegan


This simple vegan burst cherry tomato pasta is a summer weeknight dinner hero. We use orecchiette pasta, fresh basil and parsley, vegan parmesan and an easy white wine garlic sauce to pack in flavor for a delicious meal ready in less than 30 minutes. 


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced (1/2 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic (2 tsp), minced
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegan parmesan-style cheese
  • 1/2 cup vegan mozzarella-style cheese
  • 16 oz orecchiette pasta


  1. Cook orecchiette pasta in salted water according to package directions. 
  2. Meanwhile, sauté shallots and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. When softened, add butter and white wine and let reduce for a minute or two.
  3. Add tomatoes and sauté until softened and blistered, stirring often, about 8-10 minutes. Add herbs and cheese and stir well until cheese is melted. Add drained pasta and toss well to coat in sauce. 
  4. Top with more cheese, basil and red pepper flakes. 


Use a wooden spoon to puncture any stubborn tomatoes: most of the tomatoes will burst and release their juice as they cook in the pan, but some are a bit more stubborn than others. Use the back of a spoon to gently press down on the tomatoes – just be careful as they tend to splatter! 

Don't let the sauce reduce for too long/at too high heat: if the sauce reduces too much, there won't be enough to coat the pasta.

Pasta: we love how well this sauce coats orecchiette pasta, but you can sub with any variety of choice. 

White wine: opt for a dry white wine, like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Pasta


  • Serving Size: 1 Bowl
  • Calories: 634
  • Sugar: 5.2 g
  • Sodium: 212.8 mg
  • Fat: 21.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 93.4 g
  • Fiber: 5.1 g
  • Protein: 16.1 g