Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer with this Delicious and Easy Pasta Dish!

Summer is coming to a close but we have the abundant fruits of the harvest to console us through the waning days of warmth and sunlight. That means more cucumbers, melons, peaches and my personal favorite, tomatoes!

Loaded in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to lower the incidence of certain cancers, particularly prostate and lung cancer. In addition the antioxidants in tomatoes can protect your heart from heart disease! In today’s video I will show you how to make an easy and quick tomato pasta dish that the whole family will enjoy! All you need are tomatoes, garlic some basil and a bit of olive oil and you’re set.

If you are looking for a quick dinner idea or a pasta salad to whip up and take to work for lunch, then you’ll definitely want to check out this week’s video to see how easy it is to eat delicious and healthy food that takes minutes to make~

And then I want to hear from YOU! What is YOUR favorite tomato recipe? What do you do with the abundance of tomatoes at the end of the season? Do you can them? Roast them? Make gazpacho? And once you make this recipe, I definitely want to hear your feedback so leave a comment below!

Enjoy this simple recipe and have an amazing Monday and a great week!


  • 1 cup cooked Rice Pasta
  • 3 chopped Plum Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp fresh, chopped Basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 minced clove Garlic
  • 1/8 cup Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Toss tomatoes, herbs, garlic, oil, and salt & pepper to taste. Add warm cooked pasta. Toss together and serve. Serves 1.

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13 comments on “Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer with this Delicious and Easy Pasta Dish!

  1. AvatarJessica

    Thank you for this delicious and fresh recipe. I’ve recently started a vegan diet (after being vegetarian for 7 years) and have fallen into the rut of highly processed “mock meat”. While it’s quick and convenient, I never feel so hot after eating it. This easy recipe was fresh and delicious, and so *clean* tasting. Thank you for helping me nourish my body and adding something fresh to my cooking repertoire πŸ™‚

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      So glad you enjoyed it Jessica! And what you are noticing with “mock meat” is not unusual… Whether it is seitan or soy based, those foods can be hard to digest…. probably a good topic for an upcoming video!
      Thank you for your comment and have a great Labor Day!

  2. AvatarJon Sheppard

    Thanks Barbara!

    As someone who is enjoying tomatoes again for the first time in years after battling an ulcer and being “cured” by your regimine of Glutamine and probiotics , I am thrilled to get back to enjoying more tomatoe based recipes. I’ll look forward to getting my lycopene this way πŸ™‚
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!


  3. AvatarJorge and Iraida Mendez

    It sounds delicious. We can’t wait for you to come to our house and cook it for us!
    We promise we won’t be cheap and all the ingridients will be organic and gluten free!!!
    Excellent video,

    Mom and Dad

  4. AvatarAllison

    I am going to try this pasta dish this week as I try ALL your recipes. My favorite Gluten Free Pasta is Ancient Harvest Quinoa pasta. It is a beautiful yellow color as it is a quinoa-corn blend and it doesn’t get mushy. Thanks for your tips!

    1. AvatarBettina DeSouza

      I love quinoa pasta exactly for the reason that it doesn’t get mushy, but i found that it doesn’t soak up flavors as well as brown rice pasta. Still, for the texture, i like it the most! I’m looking forward to try this recipe!

  5. AvatarAmy

    This looks delicious! I have had much experience with gluten-free pastas and the best one I have found, hands down, is a brand called Jovial brown rice pasta. It is the most similar to standard pasta in taste and texture. I enjoy their capellini. Another tip – add a splash of olive oil to the cooking water before you cook brown rice pasta. This will better prevent the pasta from clumping together. Enjoy!

    1. AvatarBarbara

      Thanks for the tip on the pasta. I will definitely try and find it. And I appreciate you sharing your culinary tips!! Thanks Amy~
      Have a great day!


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