Sicilian ‘Cart Drivers’ Pasta

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This traditional favorite uses simple ingredients and preparation.

This traditional dish hailing from Sicily makes use of the island’s most popular ingredients, and will bring that Italian simplicity and umami flavor to your table. The juices from fresh tomatoes allow the pasta to soak up tangy, earthy flavor, and pairing tomatoes with basil and Pecorino brings out the unique tastes of each ingredient. Relying on a little extra virgin olive oil means less fat and cholesterol, making this a healthy dish, packed with veggies and satisfying to boot!

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Sicilian 'Cart Drivers' Pasta

Here is a delicious traditional pasta with a story; from Sicily, you have this nutritious dish that is so simple to prepare even the cart drivers were able to make it while on the road.
Yield 5 people
Serving Size 1.75 cups
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 pound plums or vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 chili
  • 2 parsley stalks fresh
  • 6 basil leaves fresh
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 14 ounces whole-grain spaghetti or linguine
  • 1/4 cup pecorino cheese grated (optional)


  • Cut the tomatoes in half, squeezing out some of the liquid and the seeds. Mince.
  • Mince the parsley, basil, garlic and chili. You can also put them all in an electric chopper.
  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together except the Pecorino cheese. Mix well.
  • Leave the mixture at room temperature for one hour.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta. Over high heat, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • When it boils, add some salt then cook the pasta according to the number of minutes indicated in the package. Drain.
  • Mix the sauce with the cooked pasta. Add extra virgin olive oil if still needed.
  • Sprinkle the Pecorino if using.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1.75cups | Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 153mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 12g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 15
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Pasta, Vegetarian

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Rowena Dumlao-Giardina

Rowena is a recipe developer and food & travel writer/photographer from Italy with Asian roots. Creating healthy dishes in her own kitchen is priority. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that her family is eating natural & nutritious meals.

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