Recipe: Garlic & Tomato Spaghetti

Garlic Tomato Spaghetti

When I got off work today, I felt like coming home and having something fairly light and fresh.  I had a craving for tomatoes, but I didn’t know quite what I wanted to make.  I started looking around to see what I had available.  Garlic? Ok, that’s always a good start.  Pasta? Now we’re getting somewhere…  An idea hit me and after a quick run to the store, I came back and made a Garlic & Tomato Spaghetti.

Garlic & Tomato Spaghetti

What you’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 lb thin-noodle spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese to taste

Tomatoes ready to cook down

How to make it:

Dice the half onion and tomatoes.  Heat a large saute pan over medium high heat and add enough olive oil to thinly cover the bottom of the pan.  Once the oil is hot, press the garlic and add it and the onion as well as the salt and pepper to the pan.  Saute for a couple minutes until the onions are soft and the garlic is golden brown.  Add in the tomatoes and sugar, mix, lower the heat, and let simmer for about 10-15min, stirring regularly.

Boil pasta in salted water per directions and drain.  Add the pasta directly to the saute pan and turn off the heat (or, if using an electric range, turn off the heat when draining the pasta).  Add the basil leaves and mix it all together.  Serve with Parmesan cheese added to taste and garnish with a few basil leaves if you have any left over!

Mixing the pasta and sauce

Some notes:

  • This recipe size is for one serving.
  • Definitely add more basil than I did tonight (I unfortunately only had about 1/8 cup of usable basil leaves – not nearly enough!).
  • The sugar is an important part of this – it helps enhance the natural sweetness of the tomatoes.  Leave it out and this might be a bit bland!
  • If you want to add a little spice to the dish, add some chili powder or red pepper chili flakes when sauteing the garlic and onion.

Have you made (or tried) something like this before?  What did you think?

If you feel inspired to make this delicious recipe, let me know how it goes!  Tweet me or post on the Dinners With Dan Facebook page!

Until next time, happy cooking!

– Dan

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