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I think I’ve mentioned our family’s friend, Barb, a few times. It’s not even realistic to call her our ‘friend,’ because she basically is a part of the family.


Barb and her husband owned restaurants for years. I could go on and on about their story, and someday probably will, but Barb recently gave me more treasures – this time they aren’t from Mother Lovett.


Jack, Barb’s husband, passed away a few years ago. I’d have to get my facts straight before talking more about his accomplishments, but he was an excellent chef.

And she was so kind enough to give me his recipes! Thank you so much, Barb!!


I was excited when I found this pasta margherita recipe, because I thought it was something that everyone could enjoy. I only made some slight modifications.



I used whole wheat pasta. I would have preferred fettucine, but we had spaghetti.



Actually, I would have prefered white pasta. But I didn’t want hungry, angry husband going all ‘whole-wheat’ on my arse. Or complaining that I didn’t make him dinner.

I dont’ even think he can make cereal. How did he survive before me?


The main ingredients are tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil.




I also included a bit of my roasted garlic cream sauce, sans the gorgonzola. (I know, how could I leave out the gorg? I just didn’t think it would belong this time.)



It all started with some butter and oil in the pan, Italian seasoning, and some roasted garlic cloves.



As long as you have this part down, you’re good to go. The rest is a peice of cake.



With the heat on high, I added the tomatoes and basil. The entire house smelled heavenly.




Combine it all together in one dish and mix it up.





Top with some more fresh basil and tomatoes.




Pasta Margherita

1 lb pasta

3 chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1/2 cup roasted garlic cream sauce

2 roasted garlic cloves

1/4 cup parmesan

Prepare roasted garlic and roasted garlic cream sauce ahead of time.

Heat water for pasta and cook. Drain and set aside.

In a saucepan, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Add 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning. Saute on high heat for 30 seconds. Add 1/2 chopped tomatoes and 1/2 of fresh basil. Saute again for 30 seconds.

Put pasta in a large bowl. Add butter, basil and tomato mixture. Add 1/4 cup garlic cream sauce. Stir to combine.

Top with remaining fresh basil, tomatoes, and parmesan.




I’m not Italian at all, so I am really excited to try many of the Italian recipes. I am also excited that Barb has taught me some Italian words.

I’d like to tell you what they are, but I don’t want to swear at you. I want you to come back.




Hope you are all enjoying your weekend! I’m off to bake in outrageous amounts and eat even more than that. I’ll be back when I’m stuffed to the gills and 5 lbs heavier.


Love you all! :)

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24 Responses to “Pasta Margherita.”

  1. #
    Gliding Calm — December 12, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    mmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    roasted garlic mmmmmmmmmmmm (my boyfriend is Greek, so thank goodness we can be smelly together!!)

    AMAZING DISH! go Barb!


  2. #
    Erica — December 12, 2009 @ 9:31 am

    Simple & delicious. I could go some of this for dinner on this cold day today!


  3. #
    Alex T. — December 12, 2009 @ 9:43 am

    OMG, this looks incredibly delicious!


  4. #
    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — December 12, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    i LOVE the garnish on the final product, this looks restaurant style right here, Jess! MMMMMM I love roasted garlic :)


  5. #
    kay (eating machine) — December 12, 2009 @ 10:01 am

    i read this as “pasta margarita”
    it’s 9 am. and my mind is already on booze.


  6. #
    Stephanie — December 12, 2009 @ 10:19 am

    oh this looks good! simple delicious flavors always turn out the best in the end, yum :)


  7. #
    Kelly — December 12, 2009 @ 11:26 am

    this is my absolute favorite pasta ever (ok, maybe just behind my spaghetti sauce, which you’ll love once you try!) mine is just a tad different, i only use olive oil in the skillet, and add the basil at the very end. i also top with mozzarella, it’s so good!


  8. #
    Kelly B. — December 12, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

    YUM! That looks delicious and worth those 5 pounds…haha!


  9. #
    Low — December 12, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    Yum! Pasta and fresh tomatoes is one of my favorite things ever.


  10. #
    Jolene ( — December 12, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    That looks so delicious, and the pictures are lovely!!


  11. #
    Nicole — December 12, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

    This Italian girl loves any type of pasta. I try to save it just for Sundays, but once in awhile it makes its way into my week. I am also baking this weekend and thinking of making Sin City Cookies! :)


  12. #
    Light Delight with TouTou — December 12, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

    oh you are so lucky to have a friend who is a chef in the restaurant . I always want one :-D
    the pasta looks very light and fresh , love’em !


  13. #
    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — December 13, 2009 @ 5:20 am

    Carbs, glorious carbs!


  14. #
    Caitlin — December 13, 2009 @ 6:33 am

    Yes I was born in Pittsburgh and lived there pretty much all my life! Went to Virginia Tech then got married and now we live in Indiana! Our lifestyles seem alot alike! I am a fitness instructor and Personal trainer (although I like teaching more because I am more enthusiastic about that!) How long have you been married? and YES i know I wish we lived clsoer too! haha


  15. #
    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — December 13, 2009 @ 6:33 am

    Mmmmm…this looks delicious! I love pasta dishes like this that are so simple and fresh!

    Hope you had a great weekend!


  16. #
    Simply Life — December 13, 2009 @ 6:36 am

    This is one of my favorites – so simple and fresh! looks like a great meal!


  17. #
    LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils — December 13, 2009 @ 11:22 am

    That looks fantastic!! I love it.


  18. #
    Kelly — December 13, 2009 @ 11:50 am

    Looks delicious. I actually have grown to love whole wheat pasta. The nutty flavor of it has become really appealing to me.


  19. #
    BossySkeezahs — December 15, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

    The bf is gonna like this one. I’ll be making it this week :)


  20. #
    Alyssa — June 6, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    because i’m not a gorgonzola person, i substituted it for asiago and it was WONDERFUL :)


  21. #
    Karl — September 3, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    Made this today for the gff, but, added chicken and shrimp. OMG! Now I won’t be able to get rid of her. LOL!


  22. #
    International Decor — November 27, 2012 @ 12:06 am

    easy tips , thank you



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