pasta with grilled tomato sauce

Pasta with Grilled Tomato Sauce

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop, Grill
  • Cuisine: Italian


This easy recipe for pasta with grilled tomato sauce takes a whole different approach to traditional sauce by cooking up tomatoes on the grill, giving your pasta supper a sweet and smoky flavor!


  • 8 plum tomatoes, cut in half length-wise
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 cup grated parmesan, plus more for serving
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish


  1. Heat grill to high. Toss tomatoes with 3 tablespoons olive oil, thyme and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
  2. Starting with cut side down, grill until soft and charred on both sides, 3 minutes per side.
  3. Cut the tomatoes into quarters or bite-sized chunks with a knife or (even easier!) your trusty kitchen shears.
  4. Cook pasta in heavily salted water according to package directions, and scoop out a cup of pasta water before you drain it.  Return the drained pasta to the pot.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, the parmesan and grilled tomatoes and gently toss.  Drizzle in enough pasta water to make a light sauce.
  6. Divide among warmed plates, sprinkle with parsley and serve!
  7. Serve at once garnished with additional parmesan as needed.