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Bruschetta Pasta

July 8, 2020 by Chris Collins

This pasta is the twist on bruschetta you never knew you needed. It’s quick, easy, bright, vibrant and bursting with flavour!

This bruschetta pasta is an absolute joy to make and more importantly, a joy to eat. In contrast to most pasta recipes I’ve got on this blog, this is nice and light. Which in fact is quite dangerous because before you know it you’ve scoffed down the entire skillet 😋

overhead shot of pasta in skillet surround by garnish

Bruschetta Topping

The star of the show in this pasta is the bruschetta topping/filling. Traditional bruschetta really only involves toasted bread topped with tomatoes and basil. Alongside the obvious tomato and basil, here I also add red onion and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. The red onion not only adds a nice pop of colour, but also adds a nice bit of texture and a good punch of flavour too. The extra virgin olive oil adds a nice silky touch.

What tomatoes to use?

Here I use a combination of mixed cherry tomatoes (yellow, red, orange etc) and baby plum tomatoes. You can however use any tomatoes you fancy, just make sure they’re good quality and as fresh as possible. They are the star of the show after all.

Can I use dried basil?

Fresh basil is essential here! Dried basil won’t have enough time to infuse it’s flavours and actually has quite a different taste to fresh basil. Don’t skip or sub this.

Can I make this part in advance?

You can, I just recommend holding off on the salt otherwise it’ll turn soupy. Tightly cover in the fridge overnight then add salt just before needed.

How to make bruschetta topping - 3 step by step photos

Bruschetta Pasta

Okay, bruschetta topping done, let’s talk bruschetta ‘base’. In regular bruschetta this is usually toasted bread which has been rubbed with fresh garlic. In this pasta version we simply infuse extra virgin olive oil with garlic and toss through the pasta.

Starchy Pasta Water

Once you toss the pasta through the oil, as you’d expected it will indeed turn oily. In order to turn it into a very light/glossy sauce you’ll want to add in some starchy pasta water. This will help emulsify the oil and stop it from going greasy.

Top Tip – Garlic can burn very quickly, so in order to prevent that I recommend adding it in straight away before the oil is hot. This way it’ll cook as the oil heats up, instead of burning soon after adding it. This will also give more time to infuse the oil.

How to make bruschetta pasta - 3 step by step photos

Serving Bruschetta Pasta

From there I like to keep the pasta in the pan and top with the bruschetta mix. Finish with a heavy helping of shaved parmesan and a good drizzle of balsamic glaze. Oh, and a train of garlic bread for good measure!

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this bruschetta pasta shall we?!

pasta served in white bowl surround by garnish

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How to make Bruschetta Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of pasta in skillet surround by garnish

Bruschetta Pasta

This pasta is the twist on bruschetta you never knew you needed. It's quick, easy, bright, vibrant and bursting with flavour!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4
Calories: 542kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50

Equipment:

  • Large Deep Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Large Pot & Pasta Tongs
  • Medium Sized Mixing Bowl
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

Pasta

  • 14oz / 400g Linguine (or other long cut pasta)
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4-6 cloves of Garlic, minced/finely diced

Bruschetta

  • 1lb / 500g Fresh Tomatoes, finely diced (see notes)
  • 1 medium Red Onion, finely diced
  • 1 small bunch of Fresh Basil, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

Topping

  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Shavings, or more to preference
  • 1-2 tbsp Balsamic Glaze, or more to preference

Instructions:

  • In a medium sized mixing bowl combine tomatoes, red onion, basil, extra virgin olive oil and black pepper. Leave the salt for now otherwise it'll extract moisture from the tomatoes and make the bowl soupy. Place to one side.
  • In a large pot of heavily salted water add linguine and cook until al dente, scooping out a cup of starchy pasta water just before the end of the cooking time.
  • Meanwhile in a large pan add extra virgin olive oil with your garlic. Bring to a low-medium heat and gently fry your garlic until it just begins to brown. Careful not to burn it or it'll go bitter.
  • Using pasta tongs add your cooked pasta and toss in the oil. Add a splash of starchy pasta water to emulsify the oil into a light and glossy sauce. Keep tossing until the water thickens up and turns slightly creamy/glossy.
  • Mix in salt (to taste) with your bruschetta topping, then spoon over the pasta. Sprinkle over parmesan then drizzle over balsamic glaze. Divide into 4 portions and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Tomatoes - I usually go for a combination of mixed cherry tomatoes (orange, red, yellow etc) and baby plum tomatoes. You can in reality use any tomatoes you like. Just make sure they're nice and fresh to allow them to shine as the star ingredient.
b) Starchy Water - This is crucial to turn the pasta from oily to very slightly saucy. Important the pasta water is heavily salted so you don't dilute the flavour and important to scoop it right at the end so it's nice and starchy.
c) Garlic - Garlic is notorious for burning very quickly. As such I recommend putting it straight in with the oil, don't wait for the oil to heat up. This way it cooks with the oil instead of burning too quickly.
d) Calories - based on using 5 cloves garlic and shared between 4 people. No toppings calculated.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Bruschetta Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 542 Calories from Fat 173
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.25g30%
Saturated Fat 2.667g13%
Trans Fat 0.008g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.824g
Monounsaturated Fat 12.895g
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 634mg18%
Carbohydrates 87.02g29%
Fiber 12.9g52%
Sugar 4.2g5%
Protein 9.13g18%
Vitamin A 1431IU29%
Vitamin C 19.8mg24%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.64mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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