Fresh Pasta with Parsley and Basil Recipe: Seasonal Chef


This is the perfect meal on a night where you are just too tired to cook up a storm, but don’t want to do take-out.  In less than 30 minutes from start to finish you have a fresh pasta dish with parsley and basil, that’s herbaceous and loaded with flavor. Guaranteed to perk you up after a long day.

Originally published accompanying this post: Cooking with the popular parsley and basil.


Seasonal Chef Recipe: Fresh Pasta with Parsley and Basil

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Seasonal Chef Recipe: Fresh Pasta with Parsley and Basil

This is a quick dinner that will be on the table in 30 minutes.


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup scallions sliced thin, white and green parts, about 5
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, 1/4" dice
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved lengthwise
  • 7-8 oz fresh pasta
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, large leaves torn
  • Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil and add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt for every 4 cups of water.
  2. In a large saute pan over medium heat add the oil, scallion, bell pepper, garlic, chili flakes and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the onion and pepper are soft. Lower the heat slightly and add the tomatoes and olives.
  3. Add the pasta to the water and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove the pasta from the pot and add directly to the sauce. Toss gently and add 1/4 cup of the pasta water if it sticks a little to the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the parsley and basil and toss gently.
  6. Add 1/4 cup of parmesan and toss gently.
  7. Serve immediately topped with a drizzle of olive oil and more cheese if desired.


About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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