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big bowl of pasta with heirloom tomatoes, plant-based mozzarella, and basil

pasta with heirloom tomatoes, plant-based mozzarella, and basil

For this “no-recipe” plant-based pasta alla checca, I simply tossed together pasta (I used Sfoglini’s whole grain reginetti here), heirloom tomatoes, sea salt, and extra-virgin olive oil that I heated with a smashed garlic clove, then topped it with plant-based mozzarella cheese (I used Miyoko’s Creamery’s fresh Italian-style organic cashew milk mozzarella here) and small fresh basil leaves. It’s scrumptious!

  • Yield: varies


  • Heirloom tomatoes, various colors and sizes, cut into wedges and slices
  • Sea salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Garlic clove(s), smashed
  • Pasta of choice
  • Plant-based mozzarella cheese, cut into wedges
  • Small fresh basil leaves


  1. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt. Set aside.
  2. Prepare pasta per package directions in salted water. Or “lid cook” it to save energy: Stir pasta into boiling water, bring back to a boil, cover with lid, turn off heat (or remove from burner is using electric), and “lid cook” the pasta (without cooking energy) for the exact time suggested on the package. That’s it!
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil with garlic over low heat.
  4. Drain the pasta and toss with the tomatoes and simmering garlic-infused oil. Top with the plant-based mozzarella and fresh basil, and serve.


Nutrition info varies.

  • Author: Jackie Newgent
  • Category: Pasta, main dish
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


  • Serving Size: varies

Keywords: pasta, pasta alla checca, plant-based pasta, italian entree, vegan pasta, vegetarian pasta