Classic tomato spaghetti with basil

Everyone seems to love tomato spaghetti – not only because it’s so quick and easy to make, but the simple flavour is so delicious, comforting, and satisfying. I’m not exaggerating, it’s probably one of the most cooked meals on the planet.

I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you have already mastered this dish and have developed your own unique ways to cook it. But if you haven’t, this recipe is for you. It’s perfect for beginners or students who use ready-made pasta sauce but are keen to try making their own from scratch.

K33Kitchen classic tomato spaghetti basil

For this recipe, I use a mix of coloured cherry tomatoes as they’re sweeter and prettier, but feel free to replace them with ordinary cherry tomatoes if you wish.

K33Kitchen classic tomato spaghetti basil

Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan, add the minced garlic and fry until golden.

K33Kitchen classic tomato spaghetti basil

Add the cherry tomatoes and onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. I put some of the tomatoes aside for garnish, so the dish looks prettier but it is completely optional.

K33Kitchen classic tomato spaghetti basil

Add in the tinned tomatoes and vinegar and stir well.

Pour over 250ml of boiling water and bring the whole mixture to the boil. Cover with a lid and reduce to a medium heat, letting it simmer for 15 minutes.

K33Kitchen classic tomato spaghetti basil

Whilst the sauce is simmering, cook the spaghetti in boiling, salted water. Check the pasta packaging for cooking time.

Once cooked, drain the spaghetti in a sieve and shake through to remove the excess water and set aside.

K33Kitchen classic tomato spaghetti basil

Season the tomato sauce with salt, pepper and 2/3 of the chopped basil, stir well and cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the spaghetti and stir well until the sauce covers all the pasta evenly.

K33Kitchen classic tomato spaghetti basil

Remove from the heat and garnish with the remaining basil before serving.

K33Kitchen classic tomato spaghetti basil

This pasta dish is so easy to cook, yet so delicious to eat! The thick and silky sauce bursts with the rich sweetness from the cherry tomatoes – a fabulous midweek meal that is the perfect comfort meal for any pasta lover.

What’s fantastic about this recipe is that once you’ve mastered it you can easily upgrade the dish by adding other ingredients like baby spinach, chopped rocket leaves, or mushrooms which will take your cooking to a whole new level!

This recipe was created for Veahero, a cool, new (free!) meal planning platform designed for vegans and vegetarians.

Let me know if you try out this recipe. You can leave a comment below, or take a picture, tag it with #k33_kitchen and share it on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, hope you enjoy my recipes!

K33Kitchen classic tomato spaghetti basil

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Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 2

Prep.: 5 mins | Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients:
  • 200g uncooked spaghetti
  • 200g ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 onion (about 120g), finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tinned tomatoes (peeled)
  • 10g fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 250ml boiling hot water
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Instructions:
  1. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan, add the minced garlic and fry until golden.
  2. Add the cherry tomatoes and onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add in the tinned tomatoes and vinegar and stir well.
  4. Pour over 250ml of boiling water and bring the whole mixture to the boil. Cover with a lid and reduce to a medium heat, letting it simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Whilst the sauce is simmering, cook the spaghetti in boiling, salted water. Check the pasta packaging for cooking time.
  6. Once cooked, drain the spaghetti in a sieve and shake through to remove the excess water and set aside.
  7. Season the tomato sauce with salt, pepper and 2/3 of the chopped basil, stir well and cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Add the spaghetti and stir well until the sauce covers all the pasta evenly.
  9. Remove from the heat and garnish with the remaining basil before serving.
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