Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes Recipe
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Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes Recipe

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With the delectable combination of basil, tomatoes and mozzarella, this warm pasta medley makes a wonderful meatless side or main course. From Avon Lake, Ohio, Sandy Jenkins writes, “Everyone in our family loves this recipe, and it’s such a great way to use fresh tomatoes from your garden.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 2 pounds fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 12 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1-1/4 cups julienned fresh basil
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cup: 398 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 457mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, combine the tomatoes, cheese, basil, olives, vinegar, salt and pepper. Drain spaghetti; add to tomato mixture and toss to combine.
  2. In a small nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook garlic in oil until tender. Pour over spaghetti mixture; toss to coat. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes in Light & Tasty August/September 2005, p6

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 252243
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"This is a very light, very easy dish. I think I might not have tossed it all well enough because it really tasted bland (other than the basil). I didn't get the balsamic taste at all. I added a bit more and I thought it tasted a lot better. Personal preference I suppose. I may look into doing a balsamic glaze next time instead of the vinegar. See how that works out. I didn't change anything except using regular pepper instead of coarsely ground. We will definitely make this again and I'll tweak it some more to suite our palates :)"

kafaughn User ID: 3552105 147261
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

"Loved this! Sauteed mushrooms and green peppers with the garlic."

anniemacgregor User ID: 2266561 127899
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"I thought this sounded good, but I didn't know it was going to be so good!! My husband called it "bruschetta spaghetti". I made it with WW pasta, which gave it a sweetness and added flavour. We'll definitely be making it again!!"

fancyfree2 User ID: 3478594 142510
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009

"This recipe was absoulutely delicious.My kids really liked and it was simple to make.The garlic does add jut the right touch.


vennet User ID: 2103056 122208
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"I am going to try this recipe as soon as I can; it sounds absolutely delicious! Always watching my diet, this is a great way to do it!Sylvia,Naples, Fla."

obirdene User ID: 2261521 57026
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"This recipe sound simply wonderful and easy. The garlic adds just the right touch. Yum,

B Monroe, Sparta, MI"

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