Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe

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Judd Published: December 3, 2020 Modified: May 31, 2021
Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe

How To Make Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Any pasta is best eaten with a simple and fresh tomato sauce. In this recipe, fresh tomatoes, basil, and various seasonings all make a tasty classic sauce.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



  • lbsripe tomatoes
  • 2tbspolive oil
  • 1tbsplemon juice,fresh
  • ½tspsalt
  • ¼tspsugar,optional
  • ground black pepper,to taste
  • 1clovegarlic,or ½ medium clove, pressed or minced
  • ½lbwhole grain thin spaghetti,or angel-hair pasta, rotini/fusilli, or penne
  • ½cupparmesan,freshly grated, optional but recommended
  • ¼cupfresh basil,chopped


  1. Core and coarsely chop two-thirds of the tomatoes. Halve the remaining tomatoes down the middle and discard the tough top part where the tomatoes met the stem, if it exists. Rub the cut sides of the tomatoes against the large holes of a box grater set in a large bowl. Leave the tomato pulp in the bowl and discard the skin.

  2. Add the chopped tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, sugar, several twists of freshly ground black pepper and the pressed garlic to the bowl. Mix well. Let the mixture marinate while you cook the pasta.

  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and then cook the pasta just until al dente, according to package directions. Reserve about a cup of the pasta cooking water before draining the pasta.

  4. Drain the pasta, then immediately return it to the pot. Pour in all of the tomato sauce and about ¼ cup of the pasta cooking water. Cook over medium-low heat for about 1 to 2 minutes, tossing often, just long enough for the tomatoes to soften a bit and for the starchy tomato water to coat the pasta.

  5. Remove from heat and toss with Parmesan and basil. Serve immediately.


  • Calories: 378.78kcal
  • Fat: 12.80g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.20g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.48g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.29g
  • Carbohydrates: 50.86g
  • Fiber: 4.10g
  • Sugar: 6.51g
  • Protein: 15.72g
  • Cholesterol: 12.64mg
  • Sodium: 558.89mg
  • Calcium: 256.94mg
  • Potassium: 568.50mg
  • Iron: 1.53mg
  • Vitamin A: 114.09µg
  • Vitamin C: 25.28mg
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