Spaghetti With Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Total Time
Prep 8 mins
Cook 20 mins

A quick, fresh summer dish. Use fully ripe tomatoes for best results.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Only drain spaghetti, do not rinse.
  2. Meanwhile, cook onions in 1/2 tbs olive oil in a small pot over medium high heat until soft, about 1 minute.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Add tomatoes, sugar, pepper and salt to taste. Stir to mix.
  4. Tomatoes should get warm, but not cooked, about 5 minutes.
  5. When ready to serve add remaining 1/2 tbs oil, basil and spaghetti to tomatoes. Remove from heat, mix well, cover and let rest for 2 minutes. Serve.


Most Helpful

I am in the middle of a bumper crop of heirloom tomatoes and was looking for something fast and easy, using what I had on hand. WOW!!!!!! Was I shocked at how yummy this was. Sometimes I have been known to change up the recipes a bit, but on this one I didn't after reading reviews. Even the husband wanted to get his hands into it and add more oil, garlic and basil. I ended up having to ban him from the kitchen while I was making this dish. This was a great surprise!!!! We were fighting over the serving bowl during dinner!! THANKS!

Chef 148068 July 29, 2005

Great recipe! made 4 servings and used about 10 romas to do it. Perfect recipe to use if your overwhelmed with tomatoes. I didn't have fresh basil, but the dried basil seemed to do the trick.(1tsp dry). I prolly could of used more basil, but I didn't want to over do it.

Austin S. September 12, 2014

I used canned diced tomatoes, fresh basil, used the full amount of sugar and this was wonderful. It isn't supposed to be a garlic or parmesan dish. I made it just as stated and it was surprisingly wonderful! Oh, I did add leftover rotesserie chicken because we needed some protein for our main dish.

Hollie6001 September 16, 2008

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