Margherita Pasta Skillet

Skinny 5 Ingredient Margherita Pasta Skillet

Some nights I just don’t want to cook. I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about. But I don’t want to turn to unhealthy takeout or even waste money in general. It’s so important to have a few simple meals on hand that you can throw together. This is DEFINITELY a must on your list! I mean who doesn’t have a pasta, a veggie, and cheese on hand at all times? For me I had spaghetti, mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes. I happened to have fresh mozzarella and basil as well since we made homemade pizza the night before. So BOOM! This recipe is as easy as it gets for a delicious dinner! It took 25 minutes total, uses only 5 ingredients, and 4 of which are fresh! Plus it only takes on pan so it makes for an easy clean-up! DOUBLE plus it is super light and packed with protein!


  • 3/4 box whole grain pasta of choice
  • 2 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup reduced fat mozzarella or Italian blend cheese
  • 1 box cherry tomatoes
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp fresh garlic

In a pan add pasta, tomatoes, 8 basil leaves, salt, and water. Bring to a boil on medium heat and stir periodically. Once water has reduced put on low and add garlic. I did this in a cast iron skillet so once the water had reduced I added the cheese and threw it in the oven for 5 mins on 400 degrees to melt the cheese. Garnish with remaining basil, chopped. Viola! This would be great with chicken shrimp, or scallops!

Macros (per serving for 8 servings): 209 calories, 5g fat, 29g carbs, 11g protein

Share Post: