Pasta with Al Fresco Vinaigrette

Number of Servings: 4 (154g)
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

The light sauce for this dish demands high-quality ingredients and would work best with a fresh, whole-wheat pasta. Try it out while heirloom tomatoes are available at your local farmers’ market.


  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes , diced
  • 1/2 cup torn basil leaves
  • 1 pound whole-wheat pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


1. Combine the garlic with a good pinch of salt and grind into a smooth paste. Stir in the vinegar. 2. Combine the garlic-vinegar mixture with the chopped tomatoes and half the basil. Cover and let stand for 15-20 minutes. 3. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking water before draining well. 4. Add the oil to the tomato mix. Add the hot cooked pasta and toss well to combine. Adjust the consistency of the sauce with the pasta cooking water 5. Add the remaining basil leaves and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size 154g

Amount per serving
Calories 275
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.5g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 45mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6.5g 21%
Total Sugars 4g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 35g
Protein 9g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 31.2mg 2%
Iron 2.4mg 10%
Potassium 460mg 10%
Vitamin A 42.4mcg 4%
Vitamin C 12.4mg 15%
Vitamin E 1.7mg 15%
Vitamin K 22.6mcg 20%
Thiamin 0.3mg 25%
Riboflavin 0.1mg 8%
Niacin 5.6mg 40%
Vitamin B6 0.2mg 10%
Folate 53.7mcg 13%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Biotin 4mcg 15%
Chloride 51mg 2%
Pantothenate 0.6mg 20%
Phosphorus 217.7mg 15%
Iodine 0mcg 0%
Magnesium 83.9mg 20%
Zinc 1.9mg 20%
Selenium 44.1mcg 80%
Copper 0.3mg 35%
Manganese 1.8mg 80%
Chromium 0.6mcg 2%
Molybdenum 4.3mcg 8%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Tomatoes, Whole Wheat Spaghetti (durum Whole Wheat Semolina, Niacin, Folic Acid, Ferrous Sulphate (iron), Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate), Olive Oil, Basil, Red Wine Vinegar, Garlic, Salt.

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