Ina Garten’s Summer Garden Pasta • Hip Foodie Mom

Ina Garten’s Summer Garden Pasta! If there was one pasta dish I would tell you to make while tomatoes are available and at their peak, it’s this recipe! So incredibly easy to make and you only have to cook the pasta! Doesn’t get any easier than that!

After I made Frank Prisinzano’s Spaghetti Limone, a few people told me I had to make this pasta dish next. I forgot about it and then saw it on TikTok and knew it had to happen. I don’t know if this recipe was from one of her cookbooks, but it’s here online and you can watch Ina make it here.

I used an assortment of cherry tomatoes because I wanted different colors of tomatoes in my pasta. Buy your tomatoes from the farmers market or from your grocery store. It’s hard to buy bad tomatoes right now in my opinion. They are just so good! 

Ina Garten’s Summer Garden Pasta

One mistake I made: I did read the recipe in its entirety so I didn’t know the tomatoes had to sit for 4 hours. I ran out of time so mine only sat for 2.5 maybe 3 hours and I should have used a more shallow bowl. Make sure the tomatoes are evenly sitting in the olive oil mixture. I believe this way, you’ll get the saucy tomatoes and basically what you want for this pasta dish. I have a few other tips which I included on the recipe card below.

Ina Garten's Summer Garden Pasta! If there was one pasta dish I would tell you to make while tomatoes are at their best, it's this recipe!

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Ina Garten’s Summer Garden Pasta

Prep Time4 hrs 10 mins

Cook Time3 mins

Total Time4 hrs 13 mins

Course: Main or Side Dish

Cuisine: Italian inspired

Keyword: Ina Garten’s Summer Garden Pasta, summer pasta

Servings: 6


  • 4 pints cherry tomatoes halved
  • great quality olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tablespoons (6 cloves) garlic minced
  • 18 large basil leaves julienned, plus extra for serving
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. dried angel hair pasta
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for serving


The only thing I would add: maybe save a little of the pasta water if you need it. Mine was delicious but the pasta was a little dry. I did add olive oil like Ina said but I think a little pasta water would have helped. 
Ina’s recipe says: “Drain the pasta well and add to the bowl with the cherry tomatoes. Add the cheese and some extra fresh basil leaves and toss well.” She does say to add olive oil if it’s too dry but I would say a little pasta water (like 1 or 2 tablespoons at most) might work well too. 

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