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Summertime Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe

Summertime Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe

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Rich in light & clean flavors, try this spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce for a simple and scrumptious bite that's perfect for warm summer.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins


  • lbs tomatoes, ripe
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp sugar, optional
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, very small, or ½ medium clove, pressed or minced
  • ½ lb thin spaghetti, whole grain, or angel-hair pasta or rotini/fusilli or penne
  • ½ cup parmesan, freshly grated, optional but recommended
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped


  1. Core and coarsely chop ⅔ 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 cooking 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 1 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.


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