This fresh balsamic cherry tomato pasta recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make. It’s full of fresh summer zucchini and seasoned with a light balsamic vinaigrette.
Nothing says summer quite like tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes in hummus, a sliced beefsteak with a bit of salt and pepper, ooh!
Even better, burst cherry tomatoes in a tangy balsamic vinaigrette, tossed with sauted zucchini, linguine, and cannellini beans (I promise I’m not purposely trying to rhyme). This summer pasta is an almost one-pot vegan dinner that’s light enough for hot summer days and filling enough for meal prep.
I was recently home for a few days, and whenever I’m home I have to cook a meal. You could say it’s my payment for visiting, but in reality my parents kitchen is so much easier to use than my own. A dishwasher? Multiple counter tops to use for prep? Endless kitchen utensils? Some of my best recipe creation happens at my parents house.
When my mom isn’t making chocolate chip cookies, she usually craves light, fresh meals. Lucky for me, summer and fresh recipes go hand in hand. A look into the cabinets and balsamic pasta with cherry tomatoes and zucchini was born! One of my favorite parts of this meal is that it uses common, flavorful pantry ingredients.
This balsamic pasta recipe is as easy as chop and throw in a pot; the best kind of recipe for a weeknight dinner!
Here’s what’s in this balsamic pasta:
- Fresh cherry tomatoes, cooked until just bursting. This means that some of the tomato juice is released, but not so much that it becomes a full on tomato sauce.
- Slightly crunchy sauted zucchini, a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
- Cannelini beans, a slightly nutty white bean, contribute fiber, protein, and a slew of vitamins and minerals.
- Linguine is the pasta of choice for this recipe, but feel free to substitute with spaghetti or fettucini. Using a whole wheat pasta is a good way to increase your daily consumption of whole grains.
- A nice balsamic vinegar, the main flavor source in this dish. You don’t need to go super fancy, but spending a little bit more money on balsamic vinegar goes a long way. This comes from someone who used cheap store brand vinegars for years; trust me, it’s worth the upgrade!
- Extra virgin olive oil provides healthy monounsaturated fats. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar create a flavorful and light pasta dressing.
How to make this almost one-pot balsamic cherry tomato pasta
You need a large skillet and a medium sauce pot for this recipe. Cook your linguine in the medium sauce pot until al dente (about 10-11 minutes). Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet.
Saute the cherry tomatoes and sliced zucchini for 8-10 minutes, until the tomatoes burst and the zucchini is lightly browned. Add the balsamic vinegar and cannellini beans and cook for two more minutes. Add the veggies to the drained linguine, give it a stir, and serve! Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add additional balsamic vinegar if you prefer a stronger flavor.
I like to serve this cherry tomato pasta with a dash of parmesan or nutritional yeast and a side of whole wheat garlic knots.
Balsamic Cherry Tomato Pasta with Zucchini and Cannellini Beans
- 8 ounces linguine
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 16 ounces cherry tomatoes
- 1 pound zucchini
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 and 1/2 cups cannelini beans (one 15 ounce can), drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil
- ground black pepper, to taste
- Start cooking the linguine according to package instructions. Meanwhile, slice the zucchini into thick matchsticks, like you would carrot sticks.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high. Add cherry tomatoes and zucchini to the skill. Season with salt and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the tomatoes burst and the zucchini is lightly browned.
- Add the balsamic vinegar and cannellini beans. Cook for another two minutes to warm the beans, then set aside.
- Combine the cooked and drained linguine with the cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and cannellini beans. Garnish with fresh basil and black pepper.