In my last post I explained how my pregnancy (YAY!) turned my relationship with food a little upside down (NOT SO YAY!), and that I don’t even love pasta anymore. Shock! Horror! No one is more surprised than me by this turn of events.
I’m afraid I haven’t been cured yet, and this recipe is months old. It is actually the last pasta dish I cooked and photographed before the morning sickness struck, back in the winter. I was eating this nonstop. It was everything I ever dreamed of for busy weeknights, because all I needed was a can of cherry tomatoes, some garlic butter, basil, balsamic vinegar and spaghetti. That’s seriously all. And I always have those things to hand. Although that might not be normal, these are probably all things you can find in your grocery store.
I’m going to love this again once I’m a busy Mama, aren’t I?
You don’t even have to chop anything, because you’re using garlic butter. The garlicky taste will carry into the sauce with none of the fresh stuff required. Added bonus: minimal dishes to clean.
Using butter lets you cheat your way to a ton of flavour without a long cooking time required. It was really quick but didn’t have that dull taste of under-developed tomato sauce that I sometimes find with one pot tomato pastas. I used normal garlic butter but you could totally get fancy and use roasted garlic butter, as long as it’s really strong. Or a bit of both? If you collect butters?
I think using canned cherry tomatoes is quite important here because they have that sweeter, more intense flavor. Sometimes normal canned tomatoes are a little blah and while I use them all the time, this dish has so few ingredients you kinda need them all to pull their weight. If you can’t find canned cherry tomatoes though, just get some that you know are really flavorful. Like, not the cheap ones I hoard from Costco.
- 300g / 10.6 oz spaghetti
- 400g / 14oz can of cherry tomatoes
- 30g / 1oz garlic butter
- 55mls / 1 and ½ cups of water
- ½ tsp balsamic vinegar
- A few handfuls of fresh basil
- In a large pot or skillet, combine the water and canned tomatoes and then add the spaghetti on top.
- Cover and bring to a gentle boil. Add half of the butter now and stir for a minute or two to ensure that all of the softening spaghetti is covered in liquid and doesn't stick together.
- Leave to simmer for about 10 additional minutes, checking and stirring the pasta regularly to make sure it's not sticking to the bottom of the pan. If it starts to get too dry before the spaghetti is cooked, add a little more water.
- Once the pasta is cooked, turn off the heat and add the remaining butter, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar. Stir until the butter is melted in.