Spaghetti with Melted Tomato Sauce

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Spaghetti with Melted Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti with Melted Tomato Sauce

There is nothing simpler nor more satisfying than a meal of pasta tossed with fresh tomato and basil sauce.

Serves 4

Prep Time 20 min

Total Time 35 min.


  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes (about 6), peeled, seeded and chopped (see Tip)
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, slivered
  • 1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti, or linguine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add garlic and cook, stirring, until tender, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Mash the tomatoes with a potato masher or wooden spoon and simmer until the sauce has thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in basil. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Step 2

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti or linguine in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large, warmed serving bowl. Toss with the tomato sauce and serve at once, passing the cheese at the table.