Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce | Kitchen Confidante

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce + All-Clad Sauté Pan Giveaway

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce | Kitchen Confidante
Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce + All-Clad Sauté Pan Giveaway

There was a time when cooking looked like this: Grab jar of marinara sauce. Grab box of pasta. Get really fancy and cook ground beef in onions and garlic, then add marinara sauce. Boil water, salt, and drop in pasta. Drain pasta and serve with sauce. Yes, that was then. And I will admit, that is also sometimes now. But the difference is that back then, that jar of sauce was as mysterious as the Shroud of Turin.

I used to think that the a good sauce could only be achieved after hours and hours of mentoring from an Italian nonna. Preferably, an adorable, huggable nonna. The truth is, the mystery in a jar of sauce is really not that mysterious after all. It’s really all about simple ingredients.

So now, cooking looks more like this: Grab the ripest tomatoes. Snip the basil. Crush the garlic. And before you know it, a simple sauce is bubbling on the stove.

A simple sauce of crushed tomatoes makes for a rustic and easy weeknight meal, and one I wish I had learned long before I grew reliant on jars of sauce. Perhaps if I grew up in an Italian family, right? As I toss spaghetti into the sauté pan, I like to imagine that this is one of the first things a child learns in the kitchen. In my case, I didn’t learn this until after I was first married, but you can be sure that it is an easy meal I like to enjoy often.

Speaking of which, it’s time for my Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Have Giveaway! This recipe works perfectly in my favorite pan in the world, the one pan I reach for time and time again: The All-Clad 3 Qt Saute Pan. I’ve already mentioned how awesome it is – and I’m so excited to be able to share one with one of you!

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Have Giveaway :: All-Clad 3 Qt Sauté Pan

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Becca H on winning a gorgeous All-Clad Stainless Saute Pan!

Ready to enter? Here’s how:

  • Please leave a comment below and feel free to share: What would you cook in this sauté pan?
  • Bonus entry: Share this page on Facebook and leave another comment saying so.
  • Entries/Comments accepted until 10 pm Pacific, Sunday, 5 August, 2012.
  • One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.
  • This contest is open to US residents only, my apologies to my international friends!

Disclosure: In celebration of their newly launched Wedding Registry, Wayfair is generously sponsoring this giveaway by giving one winner an All-Clad Stainless 3-Qt Sauté Pan. I am grateful to their support and for making this giveaway possible. The author was not compensated for this post/giveaway. All opinions are strictly my own.

Please check out my Top Ten Wedding Registry Must Haves for my personal picks when starting out in the kitchen! Two more items from my list will be featured in giveaways next week! Be sure to check back next week for the next giveaway!

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce


8 Roma tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
5-6 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish
1 lb spaghetti
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


In a large pot, boil water to cook your spaghetti.

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. When the garlic is a light golden color, add the sliced tomatoes and season lightly with salt and pepper. The tomatoes will begin to cook down; lower the heat to a simmer and let it cook until it is a chunky sauce, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving the liquid, and place into the sauté pan, allowing it to finish cooking in the sauce. Toss in the basil and cheese. Add reserved pasta liquid, if the sauce appears too dry. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with additional Parmigiano Reggiano grated on top.


  1. Michelle

    hello, pasta! I am meant to live in Italy at some point in my life. This looks so simple, and satisfying. I love keeping things that way. All clad pans are the best!! I would love using it to make this recipe :) plus sauteed potatoes, shrimp, and much more.

  2. Hanne

    I would make Emeril’s Shrimp and Sausage Pasta in Essence Cream Sauce in my new pan!! I struggle to make it now because my saute pan is not quite big enough. It’s an awesome recipe!!

  3. Barbara | Creative Culinary

    Your first sentence most likely rang true for a lot of people; I know it did for me. Now that I make my own sauce and know it’s not an all day affair, there simply is nothing better. Love the fresh basil; my poor basil is suffering from the heat but I’m hoping for enough this weekend for a dish…one guess what I’m thinking it must be?

    I love All Clad and would saute onions, garlic and sundried tomatoes. To top more pasta. Since I have a full set; please don’t count me in your giveaway Liren, I just had to comment though!

  4. Cassie

    This is fabulously beautiful Liren! I love fresh tomato sauces. I think the first thing that I would make would be some alfredo sauce, I have been craving it lately!

  5. Ally

    Yum, I make a similar recipe but usually add a glug of red wine to the sauce while it’s cooking.

    Contest- I would totally cook up some shaved brussel sprouts in cream sauce. :) My fav!

  6. Cate

    What gorgeous photos! I’d definitely make killer breakfasts with that pan. Bacon, eggs, potatoes…. the works!

  7. M.

    I’d make my mother’s recipe for tomato pan sauce, with lots of basil!

  8. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Gorgeous plate of pasta, Liren! I love the fresh tomato basil sauce. I’d make a fresh sauce with tomatoes, summer squash, and lemon ricotta.

  9. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    What a gorgeous simple dish Liren! I love recipes like this, simple ingredients really do shine. I love your gorgeous photos too.

    Good luck to everyone entering the give away. :)

  10. kankana

    I think any sauce taste much better when made at home. I never buy sauce or dressing but yes, there was a time when I used to :) Love the raw tomato photo with those pasta lying casually next to it!

  11. Andrea Cathell

    I have met the love of my life and he is cajun so I want to cook up some etouffee for him preferably shrimp or crawfish

  12. Julie

    The first thing that popped into my mind was fried rice. This recipe would be next!

  13. kesha

    I would make my daughters favorite spaghetti and meatballs!

  14. Sarah L

    That sauce looks amazing! I would probably make a summer vegetable pasta or quinoa dish with vegetables from the garden.

  15. Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me!

    I would make veal ragu…Your pictures are stunning my friend…..

  16. Jessica King

    I’d cook some kind of pasta with lots of garlic and butter!

  17. Ashlie

    Well your dish looks pretty delish! But, I would probably saute some lovely summer veggies in olive oil with some tomatoes and basil because I can’t eat pasta :)

  18. Francie

    I think my bolognese sauce would cook down perfectly in this pan!

  19. Rory W

    I think I’d want to start by making this exact recipe. Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Leslie P

    I would make chicken breasts with sauteed onions in mustard sauce

  21. Sahar

    I would make caramelized onion and mushroom scrambled eggs for breakfast.

  22. Holly

    I think I would cook a pasta dish like yours or perhaps with a creamy basil sauce. I love large and deep pans that can hold substantial quantities of food.

  23. Leslile Schneider

    I would roast a variety of local fresh vegetables in olive oil and top with some fresh local goat cheese. Delicious.

  24. Deb

    I would sauté summer squash bit a touch of garlic and a splash of olive oil!

  25. Kristin

    I love making homemade pasta sauce…this pan would make it soooo easy!

  26. Liz Tuggle

    Would love to make spaghetti in this pan…thanks for doing this giveaway.

  27. Kristy

    The first thing I would cook in this pan is this recipe! It looks wonderful. I have tried several of your recipes and they are amazing every time. Thanks for being a reliable source of deliciousness! (The lemon curd is my favorite so far)

  28. P.J. Labanowski

    I would load it up with brussel sprouts and give them a light bath in bacon fat! Booyah!

  29. Naina

    When I make this pasta, it turns out really cheesy and the cheese sticks to your fork as you eat. I don’t particularly mind this, but the past in your photo doesn’t look really cheesy. I use exactly as much cheese you say to use. I wonder what I’m doing different? 

    Thank you!

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