Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Simple is good. Specially true when it's super hot out there and you don't really feel like spending a whole day in the kitchen, but at the same time, your are craving something more than just a salad. That's when I turn to this recipe. 

This recipe is definitely a favorite one in my family and came on, there is nothing better than the taste of fresh tomatoes in the summer, that's when they are at their best. Trust me when I tell you, this is much better than canned tomato sauce. 


1 1/2 pound of ripe tomatoes
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
fresh basil, sliced thinly 
1 pound of spaghetti
salt and pepper to taste
6 asparagus, bottoms trimmed (optional)
Parmesan cheese

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Score a cross in the top of each tomato, plunge them into boiling water for about 20 seconds and then peel the skin away, it should come out easy, cut them in half.
In a pan, heat the olive oil, add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Then add the tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat and cook slowly for 15 minutes. Break down the tomatoes with the help of a potato masher. If you are adding asparagus, add them at the last 5 minutes of cooking the sauce. Add the Parmesan cheese, basil and toss well.  


  1. Beautiful pasta and your blog is so pretty :)

  2. I'm drooling over your pictures, of not just the pasta. But of the figs too! Spectacular! Mmm, fresh tomatoes and pasta, truly is delicious!

  3. I love your pictures, I am going to try this recipe tonight! :)

  4. Yum! As soon as I saw this shot on gawker I knew I wanted this for dinner. It looks soo good. Gorgeous shots too!

  5. My fav pasta are al dente angel hair! I guess this is what you used.

  6. Looks really fresh, looks delicous too ;) And your pictures are gorgeous!!

  7. Fresh tomato and pasta has it's permanent seat in the pantheon of great foods. Gorgeous photos, beautifully done!

  8. I drool over your food and photos! Gorgeous job


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