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Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti

Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot
Total time 32 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)
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 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.

    Cooking Pasta
  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.

Cook's Notes

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