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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Simple Spaghetti with Tomato & Basil

There are times when we just crave simplicity. Good company and simple, no-fuss food. That's it. No drama. No mess. No questions asked.

So, here it is. Simple. Easy. And in one pot. To satisfy anyone and everyone on the days when you just want to relax and enjoy the simple things in life. Fresh. Flavorful. Filling. Enjoy!

Simple Spaghetti with Tomato & Basil
Serves 2 hungry people

160 grams Spaghetti
¼ cup tomato paste
1/2 cup water, or enough to thin the sauce
1 red onion, thinly sliced
Handful of fresh basil chopped
Extra Virgin Olive oil
Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

In a large pot of salted water, cook spaghetti per manufacturer's instructions until al dente (about 8-10 minutes). Drain and toss in a little olive oil to prevent sticking.

In the same pot that you just cooked the spaghetti, heat about 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add the red onions and sautee for just 1 minute, until starting to soften. Add tomato paste and water and cook for about 1 minute until the sauce is warm. The sauce should just coat the back of a spoon. Add more water if the sauce is too thick. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add the cooked spaghetti into the sauce and toss until evenly coated. Add the freshly chopped basil and remove from heat. Divide onto 2 plates and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy immediately.


  1. Simply delicious - sometimes, a dish like this is all we need for a lovely meal.

  2. This looks so good and simple! That is the recipes I like!

  3. This sounds delicious right about now. LOve the little nest of pasta with the basil sprig!

  4. Simple and wonderful. Great recipe.

  5. Yum. I do something very similar in the summer with fresh chopped tomatoes and basil. So simple and good!

  6. The more basil the better. It's just a great flavor with pasta and tomatoes.