For a fresh take on weeknight spaghetti, serve your family Pasta with Roasted-Tomato Meat Sauce. Don't skip the anchovies—they add a savory, salty layer to the sauce.
1 pint cherry tomatoes
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
9 ounces 80% lean ground pork
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 canned anchovy fillets in oil, drained and chopped
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Place cherry tomatoes on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until tomatoes are lightly browned.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork, garlic, salt, pepper, and anchovies to pan; cook 4 minutes or until pork is browned, stirring to crumble. Add sherry to pan; cook 30 seconds, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add tomatoes and vinegar; cook 2 minutes or until tomatoes release their liquid and sauce is slightly thickened. Combine pasta and sauce in a large bowl; toss to coat. Sprinkle with basil.
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Okay, but I wouldn't make again. The pork and anchovies had me expecting the unctuous creaminess of a bolognese sauce, but it wasn't there, even though I added a bit of half and half at the end. Mostly, it's way too much vinegar. Really wish I'd gone a tsp. at a time.
A different take on spaghetti that DH and I really enjoyed. I did roast the tomatoes a bit longer than the recipe called for. Quick, easy, delicious meal. Can't wait to try this with end-of-summer cherry tomatoes.
I made this tonight with the last of my cherry tomatoes from the garden and fresh basil. I didn't change a thing and I was blown away by how good this recipe is. It will definitely be added to my rotation. I don't usually use anchovies but decided to keep them in the recipe and boy am I glad I did- couldn't imagine the recipe without them.
My family loved this meal. Instead of pork, I used ground turkey. Still really good. The mint/pea pesto was really good, just super garlicky. My 5 year old thought it was too spicy with all the raw garlic. But my 7 year old loved it! The pasta was a hit with them as well.
This was absolutely fantastic. The anchovies add a ton of delicious flavor to the meat sauce. Next time I'd probably roast the tomatoes a little longer so they break down better into the sauce. They still were juicy and tasty. This is a keeper for sure!
Very tasty dish! A definite keeper! I used a 16 oz package of ground pork so I doubled the recipe except the salt. I am quite glad that I didn't double the salt because with the anchovies, this dish is salty enough. I used fresh linguine...I boiled 2-9 oz packages and only ended up using about half. So next time, I will only boil 1-9 oz package of fresh linguine. Everything else is perfect as is except I did add a modest amount of salt and olive oil to the pasta when cooking and I would do that again next time.
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