COOK pasta according to package directions.
MEANWHILE, in a large skillet, saute minced garlic in olive oil until slightly yellow. Add cherry tomatoes and saute 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and remove from heat.
DRAIN pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid.
TOSS pasta with cherry tomatoes, garlic and half the basil. ADD reserved cooking liquid to skillet and toss pasta again.
TOP with grated Parmesan cheese, black pepper and remaining basil.