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spaghetti with tomato sauce

Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

The perfect dish of spaghetti in tomato sauce? Here’s the recipe explained step by step.

27 January, 2021
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Dietary Consideration

serves for



Spaghetti pasta
Extra virgin olive oil

What first course could be more Italian than a dish of spaghetti with tomato sauce? Although it is very easy to make spaghetti in tomato sauce, this apparently simple recipe contains a few pitfalls, from the choice of tomatoes, to the consistency of the sauce. Here are all the steps for preparing the perfect dish of spaghetti with tomato sauce.

Useful tips and interesting facts

Spaghetti in tomato sauce is an authentic institution in Italian food culture. However, it may surprise you to learn that the first known recipe for spaghetti in tomato sauce is not that old. In fact, it is a relatively recent invention, which came into being after the discovery of America and, consequently, the introduction of tomatoes. Today, Italy can boast the cultivation of many different tomato varieties, but the best ones for tomato sauce are certainly PDO San Marzano, which are grown in Campania, not surprisingly, the homeland of pizza. 


There are many possible variants of the above recipe for spaghetti in tomato sauce. With the addition of capers, olives and anchovies, you have spaghetti alla putanesca and with a dash of chilli pepper and a sprinkling of parsley, it becomes 'all’arrabbiata'. You may also choose to use small cherry or date tomatoes (ciliegini or datterini) instead of canned perini. The method is identical to the above recipe for spaghetti in tomato sauce, except for the fact that you will not need to smash the tomatoes when cooked. With a sauce like this, you can also serve your pasta cold in the summer months. 

Step 01

Peel the garlic Incisions in the garlic Olive oil in the frying pan

To prepare your dish of spaghetti in tomato sauce, start by peeling the garlic cloves. Make incisions in the garlic with the point of a knife. In this way, they will release their full flavour when cooking. Place the garlic in a frying pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. 

Step 02

Gently fried garlic Canned tomatoes in the pan Add salt

Fry the garlic until golden brown and then add the canned tomatoes. Add salt to taste and leave to cook over a medium heat for 15 minutes.

Step 03

Smash the tomatoes Add the basil

When 15 minutes have passed, carefully smash the tomatoes with a fork. Add the basil leaves and remove the garlic cloves.  

Step 04

Spaghetti in the sauce Toss the spaghetti

Cook the spaghetti in plenty of salted boiling water and strain it when 'al dente'. Transfer the spaghetti to the pan with the tomato sauce and mix well. Garnish with a few leaves of fresh basil and serve the spaghetti piping hot. 



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