Drew Barrymore's Pasta


 1 lb Fresh Bucatini pasta (or one box fusilli)

1 lb of cherry tomatoes  

2-3 cloves of garlic



Fresh Basil

3 tablespoons of dried chives 

3 tablespoons of dried parsley

3 tablespoons of onion salt

Tablespoon of tomato paste


Over medium heat -- cook 4 to 5 tablespoons of olive oil enough to coat the pan and throw in two or three cloves of garlic. Sliced, not diced and let them brown in the oil. Lower the heat to a simmer and throw in one pound of halved cherry tomatoes. Let them sauté for five minutes then add a tablespoon of oregano, chives, parsley and onion salt. Then add a quarter cup of the fresh basil as you go along cooking.

Add black pepper to taste and simmer another five minutes. Add another two tablespoons of olive oil and a healthy tablespoon* of the Harissa paste. To that add another quarter cup of fresh basil. Cook another five minutes. Add a teaspoon of plain tomato paste and another quarter cup of fresh basil. Cook another five mins. and you're done! The pasta sauce should be quite speckled from all the herbs that have been put in. The cherry tomatoes should still have some skins intact, but the pasta should be able to be coated with a nice rich color.

*You can always add one more teaspoon of Harissa for a deeper flavor and hint more spiciness.

Drew Barrymore loves cooking with wine! Check out Drew's wine here!

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323 days ago

I only used 1 tbsp each of oregano, onion powder and parsley (it's what I had on hand) i used the cherry tomatoes and basil from my garden. WOW it was amazing!!

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421 days ago

What in the world is "harissa paste" and is the 3tbls of onion salt a typo? I would like to know as I want to try this recipe.

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Marilyn Lewis
460 days ago

Yummy! That's what I'm having tonight.

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552 days ago

Check out Vegan(ish) blog for more yummy vegan recipes

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559 days ago

OK. I made this tonight, and it is SUPER EASY, and SUPER tasty! I love that recipe. I'll make it again. Thanks! Emi from Belgium. ps: I used only 1 tablespoon of salt.

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565 days ago

I'm confused, no oregano listed in ingredients, but listed in directions, sure wish someone would check and make corrections because I'd definitely like to try it....

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589 days ago

How many does this recipe serve?

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Susan C.
595 days ago

I made this last night and it was amazing! Interestingly enough, boxed fusilli was sold out at my local grocery store - I thought to myself, everyone must have seen Drew make this on Ellen and rushed out to try the recipe at home (just like I did) :-) I used boxed bucatini (which is delicious, by the way - it was my first time trying it).

I definitely think "three tablespoons of onion salt" was a typo/mistake. Just ONE tablespoon of onion salt was way too much so I added a little sugar to help balance the flavor and it saved the day. Next time, I will only use a teaspoon of onion salt.

Thank you for the awesome recipe, Drew!

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596 days ago

I've been making pasta sauce for 36 years and this was amazing! I think the cherry tom's is what does it.
I used crushed red pepper and extra olive oil to replace paste and hot sauce. Recipe called for way too much onion salt! I replaced with 1 teas. of salt and onion powder each. Husband was leary, but loved it!

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598 days ago

think there is a typo? do NOT use 3 tablespoons of onion SALT...too too salty!

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599 days ago

My mouth is watering!!!!!!

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Lynda Perky
600 days ago

Drew this looks so good and easy. You did a really good job. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Nancy Chaves
600 days ago

I can't wait to try this. It looked so delicious.
Thanks Drew for your courage to cook on TV and Thanks Ellen for...well, for everything.
I smile and laugh everyday because of you.

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600 days ago

What happened to the Harissa paste? Should I use the same amount as tomato paste?


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600 days ago

Hi Ellen,
Watching your show at the gym today...had no earphones so couldn't listen but found myself focusing on Drew Barrymore's neck. Could you pass on that a fan was concerned about her seemingly enlarged thyroid please? Maybe already knows...but just in case no one had mentioned it. Hope she follows up on some testing.
Thank you.

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