When trying to decide what recipe to share with the world, I thought about some of the best dishes my mom makes. I was recently back home in cold Minnesoooota and requested a meal that I used to dislike (back when I was young and picky!) but now I absolutely love! Basil linguine!
As I discussed in my previous post, ramen noodles become a staple to many college students. These quick and cheap noodles become a college student’s “Italian” dinner idea. However, this recipe for basil linguine is a very simple pasta dish and the flavors are amazing! Although there are some great Italian eateries around Tempe (such as Oregano’s and Lo Cascio’s), I’ve never found a rich, creamy basil pasta dish like this anywhere. I love a great Italian meal and this one will have you going back for seconds (and maybe thirds!).
This recipe serves 6-8 people so there will be plenty of leftovers for late-night munching and more if you prepare this for only you and a couple others. Here is what you need:
1 pound linguine
3 cups tomatoes (1 large can) peeled, chopped and seeded
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tbsp. wine vinegar
1/3 cup fresh chopped basil or 2 tsp. dried
2 garlic cloves, minced or 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
grated parmesan cheese
Directions: In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the linguine and cheese. Mix lightly. Cover. Marinate at room temperate for two hours. (Tip: Allowing the mixture to marinate at room temperature really helps to enhance the flavors of all the ingredients.) Prepare linguine according to box directions. Add pasta to marinated mixture. Sprinkle lightly with cheese and serve! It’s as simple as that! (Tip: Using fresh basil really makes this dish delicious but dried basil works perfectly fine!) Also, the addition of shrimp to this dish would be very tasty! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
Check out these other basil linguine recipes that I can’t wait to try! Lemon Basil Linguine, Linguine with Tomatoes & Basil, Tomato Basil Linguine, Buttered Linguine with Tomatoes & Basil, Linguine with Pesto Trapanese, and Linguine with Garlic Crab Sauce.