PASTA: Garlicky Tomato Basil Spaghetti

There is a kosher restaurant in Los Angeles called Chick N’ Chow, that serves the BEST tomato basil pasta. Not something you would expect them to serve, but still absolutely delicious. We used to pick up containers of it for the Sabbath, along with several pieces of their fried chicken.  That’s a full meal right there!

Living in New Jersey, I unfortunately don’t get to enjoy their pasta (or kosher fried chicken) very often. Thankfully, my mother found a recipe for pasta that tastes almost exactly like the Chick N’ Chow original. I decided to experiment with the recipe this weekend and make this pasta for lunch. I have adapted the recipe to account for E’s and my love of garlic, and to accommodate our lack of scallions in the house. More garlic, and the addition of shallots, always makes everything better.

When E came home from running some errands, I had already assembled all of the components. Upon walking into our apartment, he was immediately hit with the smell of garlic, and was SO EXCITED about lunch! We each had large portions for lunch. E may or may not have gone back for seconds and thirds. I think this recipe is actually even better than the original, and it can feed you for DAYS.

Hope you enjoy it as much we do!


Spaghetti or Angel Hair Pasta, 1 package, cooked according to the directions

Fresh Basil

Roma Tomato, 1, diced

Cherry Tomatoes, 10, diced

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (“EVOO”), 1/3 cup

Garlic, 5 cloves, minced (E and I really love garlic)

Shallot, 1, thinly sliced

Sea Salt, to taste

Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste


  1. Cook your chosen pasta according to the directions on the package, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet, on medium high heat, on your stovetop.
  3. Slowly add the EVOO to the skillet.
  4. Once hot, add the garlic, shallot, tomatoes, basil, sea salt, and fresh ground pepper. Sauté on medium high heat for 5-6 minutes or until really fragrant. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  5. Once the tomato basil mixture has cooled slightly, pour it over the pasta and toss to combine. You can serve it immediately or chill/keep in the refrigerator for up to three (3) days.

**I personally love to eat this pasta dish cold but E loves it hot. So there you go. Super helpful over here!



  1. March 23, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    This sounds like all of my favorite flavors thrown together!!! Looks AMAZING! Pinning for later!

    • March 23, 2017 / 2:01 pm

      It is so freaking good! Thank you for pinning!

    • March 23, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      And it takes much less time to make than traditional spaghetti sauce! Let me know what you think if you make it!

  2. March 23, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    This looks so delicious and easy to make! Pasta is always a win in my book!

    Maggie @ Polished Closets

  3. March 23, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    This looks so delicious and easy to make! Pasta is always a win in my book!

    Maggie @ Polished Closets

  4. Nataly
    March 23, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Pasta is always a good idea! This recipe looks so good. Thank you for sharing! xo, Nataly

  5. March 23, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Oh lawd. You had me at “garlicky”. This literally contains all my favourite things. I’m definitely giving this recipe a try – it sounds heavenly!

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

  6. March 23, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    You had me at Pasta! I love pasta and would eat it everyday if I could. These are right up my alley and I think I might have to make them for dinner! xxx

  7. March 23, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Oh yum! I love pasta and this looks so delicious!

  8. March 23, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Okay I need to try this. Looks so good and simple. Pinning!

  9. Cheryl
    March 23, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Wow! This looks so refreshing and flavorful. I have to puree all of my sauces for my little picky eater, but I think I will make this as a treat just for myself!

  10. Ashley
    March 24, 2017 / 1:31 am

    YUM. I want to make this for dinner tonight! I love spaghetti and this recipe looks simple and delicious!

  11. March 24, 2017 / 2:51 am

    Great… now I need to go eat second dinner this looks so yummy!

  12. March 24, 2017 / 3:05 am

    Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  13. March 24, 2017 / 8:12 am

    That looks amazing. For my pasta, I try to go for simple recipes too!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  14. March 24, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Reading this at 10 in the morning isn’t a great idea because now I’m STARVING for pasta hahaha! This looks so delicious and simple. I’m pinning it to make later for my boyfriend. I’m sure it’ll be a winner!

    Stephanie //

  15. March 24, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    This looks so delicious! I love a good pasta dish, and I think it’s easy enough for me to make (I am not the best cook!). I know what I am making for dinner now!


  16. March 24, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    This garlicky spaghetti sounds amazing! I am a sucker for pasta, and your recipe sounds absolutely divine. Thanks for the tip on “Chick N Chow” in LA. That’s in my neighborhood, so I am adding the restaurant to my list of places to check out. Cheers!

  17. March 26, 2017 / 6:51 am

    This looks delicious! This recipe has literally all my favorite ingredients in it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Molly
    March 27, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Such perfect flavors together, and it looks like such a lovely dish! Isn’t it a bonus when food is delicious AND pretty?! Definitely going to give this recipe a try.

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon