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Quick and Healthy Fresh Tomato Spaghetti Recipe

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This super speedy fresh tomato spaghetti recipe is healthy, has few ingredients and tastes AMAZING! Made in just 30 minutes, this easy weeknight meal will become a firm family favourite. Just like my easy vegetable pasta bake!

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Skip the jars and go FRESH! I know from personal experience that it’s all to easy to reach into the cupboard, grab a jar and throw it into the pan.

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Hear me out though. This healthy tomato pasta recipe uses fresh ingredients but only takes 30 minutes from start to finish. Yes really!

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It’s CRAZY quick to whip up (making it a perfect weeknight dinner), it’s good for you and honestly… tastes incredible! You’ll be surprised just how much flavour you can squeeze into 30 minutes!

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Is tomato based pasta healthy?

Absolutely! Especially this recipe as it uses fresh tomatoes instead of processed or tinned. No preservatives, unhealthy butter or cream, just honest, good for you ingredients!

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Recipe ingredients

Here is everything you need to know about the ingredients needed to make fresh tomato spaghetti.

  • Oil – Olive oil is perfect in this dish as its flavour works well with tomatoes.
  • Onion – Regular yellow onions work best here but, in a pinch, you could get away with red onion.
  • Garlic – I use nice large cloves so, if yours are small, maybe use 1 more for good measure.
  • Tomatoes – You can use either cherry or baby plum tomatoes, I’ve had great results with both.
  • Balsamic Vinegar – Obviously a nice quality one is preferred but you should still get a lovely flavour from supermarket versions.
  • Spaghetti – Any spaghetti will work, dried or fresh.
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Tomato spaghetti recipe top tips

Believe it or not, even I make mistakes. We all do, we’re only human! So here’s some tips to help you get it right first time…

  • Prepare your ingredients and read the whole recipe before you begin cooking. It makes it so much less stressful!
  • The smaller you chop the tomatoes, the faster they will break down. (Quarter them for speed, halve them for a slower cook.)
  • Don’t forget to season the pasta water with salt! It’s imperative for the overall flavour of this dish.
  • Do NOT throw away the pasta water. It’s what turns the tomatoes into a tasty sauce!
  • Season the tomatoes throughout with salt and pepper.
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Fresh Tomato Spaghetti Recipe

Here is what you will need to serve 2 people.

(For a printer friendly version, see the recipe card at the end of this post)

  • 1/2 Onion, finely diced
  • 2 x Large Garlic Cloves, peeled and minced
  • 325g (2 + 1/4 Cups) Cherry Tomatoes, quartered *
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 150g (5.3 oz) Dried Spaghetti

Essential Equipment

  • Chopping Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Saucepan
  • Frying Pan
  • Wooden Spatula (or similar)

*you can use baby plum tomatoes too

If you haven’t already, dice the onion (1/2), mince the garlic (2 x large cloves) and quarter the tomatoes (325g | 2 + 1/4 Cups) using a chopping board and a sharp knife.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil ready to cook your spaghetti too.

Meanwhile, place the frying pan over a low/medium heat. Add the olive oil (2 tbsp) then, once it’s hot, add the diced onion.

Onion and olive oil in a frying pan on the stove

Season with a little salt and pepper then cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent (about 5 mins).

Cooked onion and olive oil in a frying pan on the stove

Next, add the minced garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.

Fried onions and garlic in a frying pan on the stove

Now throw in the chopped tomatoes, balsamic vinegar (1 tbsp) and plenty of salt and pepper. Stir well.

Onion, garlic, chopped cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper in a frying pan cooking on the stove

Meanwhile, cook the dried spaghetti (150g | 5.3 oz) according to the packet instructions.

Spaghetti cooking in boiling water in a metal saucepan on the stove

While the spaghetti is cooking, continue to cook the tomatoes. Stir continuously whilst crushing the tomatoes with your spatula. You can lower the heat if needs be. After about 8-10 minutes, they should have broken down and look something like this…

Cooked and reduced onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper in a frying pan on the stove

As soon as the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain it but reserve the water!! Now gradually add about 120 – 150ml (1/2 Cup – 2/3 Cup) of that pasta water to the tomatoes, stirring well between each addition.

Cooked onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar in a frying pan on a stove with pasta water added.

It should transform into a beautifully chunky yet silky tomato sauce.

Tomato spaghetti sauce in a frying pan on the stove.

Check the seasoning and add more salt and pepper if you think it needs it. Then add the drained spaghetti to the pan and mix it together with the sauce until nicely coated.

Tomato spaghetti sauce in a frying pan on the stove with freshly cooked spaghetti.
Tomato spaghetti in a frying pan on the stove

Serve immediately along with some garlic bread if you fancy it.

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Quick and Healthy Fresh Tomato Spaghetti Recipe

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Skip the jars and go fresh with this super speedy fresh tomato spaghetti recipe! It's healthy, has few ingredients and on the table in just 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Onion, finely diced
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 x Large Garlic Cloves, peeled and minced
  • 325g (2 + 1/4 Cups) Cherry Tomatoes, quartered *
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 150g (5.3 oz) Dried Spaghetti

Essential Equipment

  • Frying Pan
  • Wooden Spatula (or similar)
  • Saucepan

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, once hot, add the onion and some salt & pepper. Cook for about 5 mins until translucent.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about 1 min).
  3. Next add the tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, lots of salt & pepper and stir well with a wooden spatula.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a saucepan according to the packet instructions. (Don't forget to salt the water!)
  5. Continue cooking the tomatoes while the pasta cooks. Stir constantly whilst crushing the tomatoes with your spatula until they break down.
  6. Drain the pasta but reserve the water! Gradually add 120 – 150ml (1/2 Cup – 2/3 Cup) of the pasta water into the tomatoes.
  7. Stir well after each addition. It should end up a silky but chunky tomato sauce.
  8. Add the cooked spaghetti to the pan and stir through so it's nicely coated in the sauce. Serve immediately.

Notes

*you can also use baby plum tomatoes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 163mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 6g

Nutritional information on kitchenmason.com should only be used as a general guideline, I am not a certified nutritionist. Please always check labels for allergens where applicable.

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Denise

Sunday 24th of January 2021

Looks very easy to Maki will be doing it this week

Emma

Monday 25th of January 2021

Fantastic! Let me know how you get on :) Emma x

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