Tomato Basil Beef Pasta

Tomatoes and basil give this easy beef pasta a delicious flavor.  It is the perfect 20 minute meal you can enjoy any day of the week.

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta - cherry tomatoes, basil, and beef makes this pasta dinner a delicious meal in under 30 minutes
The answer is yes.

What?  You weren’t going to ask if I was officially obsessed with making pasta dinners?

Well, I will just admit it now before you start wondering.  I am officially and totally in love with creating new pasta dinners.

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta - cherry tomatoes, basil, and beef makes this pasta dinner a delicious meal in under 30 minutes

The idea for this pasta came from a magazine I was reading at my son’s orthodontist appointment.  Now here’s the problem.  I have absolutely no idea what magazine it was.  All I remember is there was a dinner with pan roasted tomatoes and basil.

And the dr.’s office is an hour away, so I can’t just pop in one day to see if that magazine is still sitting there.  Even if I could…I don’t remember what the front cover looked like.  So, let’s just pretend I came up with this entire meal by myself :-)

Ok, fine.  Let’s just talk about something I do remember.  And that is just how good this pasta was.

This “sauce” for this dish comes from sautéing the tomatoes and basil in olive oil.  Then toss it with already cooked pasta and cooked beef fajita meat.  You can buy the meat at Sam’s Club, but any pre cooked beef fajita mix from any store would work.  Sprinkle the warm pasta with some shredded parmesan cheese before serving.

A dinner that is easy, delicious, and ready in 20 minutes.  Perfect for those busy (or lazy) days of summer

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta - cherry tomatoes, basil, and beef makes this pasta dinner a delicious meal in under 30 minutes

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Tomato Basil Beef Pasta

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta

Tomatoes and basil sauted in olive oil creates a delicious and light dressing for pasta and beef. This dinner can be ready in about 20 minutes.


2 1/4 cups frozen, precooked beef fajitas meat (I buy a 24 ounce bag from Sam's Club)
12 ounces pasta
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 ounces fresh basil leaves, chopped
6 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
salt and pepper
shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Saute the meat in 1 Tablespoon oil over low-medium heat until heated all the way through. Remove from the heat, cover, and set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the al dente package directions. Drain and toss with 4 Tablespoons olive oil. Cover and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil up. Add the tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the chopped basil and cook for 1-2 more minutes. Stir the meat and tomatoes into the pasta. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Serve with shredded parmesan cheese. Makes 6-8 servings.

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  1. Niki says

    This is the perfect recipe for us to use the basil plant my daughter planted a few weeks. I can proudly say I’ve kept it alive :) Super simple, with items my family likes and my daughter will love that her basil is part of the recipe.

  2. says

    Oh, I remember the years and years of orthodontic appointments. My two kids are five years apart. When the first was getting her braces off, the second was getting his braces on. It felt like I had moved in to the orthodontist’s office! But I did get to read a whole lot of magazines! :) Too bad I wasn’t blogging back then. It could have been considered research time.
    Your research paid off with inspiration for a quick and delicious pasta dinner! Fresh basil and tomatoes is one of my favorite parts of summer. :)
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