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Penne pasta, tomatoes, and basil in a white bowl.

Cheesecake Factory Tomato Basil Pasta

Servings: 4
Total Time: 20 minutes
This Tomato Basil Pasta recipe is filled with flavor and so easy to make at home, you can bring the Cheesecake Factory to your own kitchen!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, cheesecake factory, Copycat, mozzarella, Pasta, tomato
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 780 kcal


  • 16 oz chicken breast
  • 16 oz penne pasta
  • 14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup basil leaves (about 20 medium leaves)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella pearls
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper


  • Heat one tbsp live oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Also, cook penne pasta in a large pot according to directions on package.
    Garlic and oil cooking on a skillet.
  • While the pasta cooks, slice chicken breasts into 1” slices. Add chicken, salt, pepper, and tomatoes to skillet with garlic. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Note: chicken should cook until it is no longer pink in the middle and/or reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
    Chicken pieces and tomatoes cooking in a skilet.
  • While pasta and chicken cook, blend basil leaves in a food processor. After basil leaves are blended, add two tbsp olive oil and blend again until well combined.
    Basil and oil blended in a food processor.
  • Once pasta is done cooking, drain the water and then combine the pasta and mozzarella pearls with the tomato sauce and chicken. If the skillet you cooked the chicken and tomatoes in is big enough, we recommend combining the pasta there.
    Stirring pasta in tomato sauce.
  • Serve hot and drizzle the basil and oil mixture on top. Enjoy!
    Overhead view of penne pasta in a red sauce with basil.



Calories: 780kcal | Carbohydrates: 105g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 1469mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 797mg | Iron: 29mg
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