Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti

Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti Recipe
Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot
Make a quick fresh tomato sauce for this meatless pasta recipe by roasting cherry tomatoes and adding basil, parsley and goat cheese to the dish.


4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)
Total time: 32 Minutes

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Total: 32 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 328
Fat 10.8 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 5.8 g
Polyfat 1.2 g
Protein 11 g
Carbohydrate 46.6 g
Fiber 3.2 g
Cholesterol 7 mg
Iron 2.7 mg
Sodium 376 mg
Calcium 48 mg


4 quarts water
2 teaspoons kosher salt
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
2 2/3 cups cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons chopped or torn fresh basil leaves
2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled semisoft goat cheese


1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add 1 tablespoon salt and spaghetti to boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until spaghetti is al dente. Drain spaghetti in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/3 cup cooking water. Return spaghetti to pan; set aside, and keep warm.

3. While spaghetti cooks, combine tomatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, vinegar, 3/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper on a jelly-roll pan, tossing well to coat. Bake tomato mixture at 450° for 10 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and lightly charred in places.

4. Add tomatoes and any tomato juice to spaghetti in Dutch oven. Add 3 tablespoons reserved cooking water to jelly-roll pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; carefully pour water mixture and remaining 1 tablespoon oil into spaghetti mixture. Place Dutch oven over medium heat. Add remaining reserved cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until spaghetti mixture is moist, tossing frequently. Stir in basil and parsley. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.


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Amelia Saltsman,

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June 2010
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