Balsamic tomato pasta recipe

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Two bowls of balsamic tomato pasta on a cloth with pots of seasoning on the side
  • healthy
  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories270 Kcal14%
Fat7 g10%
Saturated Fat3.5 g18%
Carbohydrates37 g14%

This balsamic tomato pasta is on the table in under 20 minutes and uses only six ingredients.

For the best results, you should use high-quality tomatoes in this recipe as they have the most flavour. We also recommend using high-quality balsamic vinegar. Senior Food Writer Jessica Ransom recommends Belazu 1.34 Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (opens in new tab). This easy dinner is sure to be a popular mid-week option and leftovers are delicious for lunch the next day with a simple rocket salad.


  • 300g spinach linguine
  • 2tsp olive oil
  • 60ml balsamic vinegar
  • 600g mixed heritage tomatoes, large ones halved
  • 4tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • basil leaves, to garnish (optional)




  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.
  2. Pour the olive oil, balsamic and tomatoes into a hob and oven-safe dish, shake to combine. Season with a pinch of salt and fresh pepper then cook for 10mins, shaking halfway.
  3. Drain the pasta and reserve around 50ml of the starchy water. Add half the water to the dish and mix to lift all the balsamic that might have dried. Bring to a medium heat and reduce the liquid until thickening. Stir in 1tbsp of the grated parmesan, toss in the pasta then serve in bowls with the remaining cheese and basil leaves.

Top tips for making balsamic tomato pasta

We've used spaghetti but you can swap for your favourite pasta shape. Jessica loves bucatini which is a little thicker than spaghetti and it has a hole running through the centre.

For an indulgent finish serve with a ball of mozzarella or burrata. You could also mix in some sun-dried tomatoes to intensify the flavour and add a rich undertone to the dish. Both of these options will affect the calorie count.

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Jessica Ransom
Jessica Ransom

Jessica currently works as a Senior Food Writer at Future. She writes food and drink-related news stories and features, curates product pages, tests, and reviews equipment, and also develops recipes that she styles on food shoots. An enthusiastic, self-taught cook Jess adores eating out and sharing great food and drink with friends and family. She has completed the Level 1 Associate course at the Academy of Cheese and is continually building on her knowledge of beers, wines, and spirits.