Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

I am always amazed at how a few simple ingredients come together to make a flavorful meal.  Who needs red sauce when you have whole tomatoes covered in blistering cheese...yum.

This meal is perfect for a simple Spring or Summer won't be stuck in the kitchen.

The garlic and the pepper round out the flavor and you have a meal your family will love.

Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes
Adapted from Real Simple

12 ounces spaghetti
3 large beefsteak tomatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds), each cut into 4 thick slices
3 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the baking sheet
Kosher salt and black pepper
8 ounces mozzarella, grated
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves & more for serving.

Heat broiler.  Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return to pot.

Meanwhile, arrange the tomato slices in a single layer on a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet.  Season with salt and pepper.  Dividing evenly, sprinkle the slices with the mozzarella and Parmesan.  Broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden, 3 to 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan, warm the oil with the garlic and red pepper over medium heat until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the garlic oil, basil, salt and pepper to the pasta and toss to combine.  Serve topped with tomatoes, additional basil and more Parmesan.

Simple and delicious.

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  1. Fallon 1

    Yummy!! All that gooey cheese looks so good. Great dish when you don’t need any meat involved!

  2. This dish looks incredible, Cathy! I can substitute gluten-free pasta and I’ll be good to go–thank you!

    Happy your wine business is booming and keeping you busy!


  3. Sara in NY 3

    Oh those tomatoes…yum!

  4. laura 4

    wow, this looks delicious!

  5. Julie 5

    This sounds perfect to use some of the tomatoes and basil we’ve got growing :)

  6. Those slices of tomato look mouth-wateringly lovely.

  7. I just planted my tomatoes yesterday, and basil and other herbs are already in the ground. We have our favorite ways to eat our fresh tomatoes, but I think you just gave us another. The pics sold me. ^_^

  8. Carrie 8

    Oh wow, I’m absolutely loving the idea of those cheesy tomatoes! I think I may try them over some spaghetti squash.

  9. You are so right about just a few ingredients can make an incredible dish. This is a dish that I am going to make for sure!

  10. Cheesy broiled tomatoes!? Those look amaaaaazing!

  11. I love this idea and can’t wait to try it with some juicy, local tomatoes!

  12. Wow, what a gorgeous looking dinner Cathy! It’s so right, you don’t need a ton of ingredients to make something fancy. My husband would love this!

  13. Cassie 13

    I’m making this tonight! YUM YUM YUM!

  14. Joyce 14

    This looks so good, simple, yet yummy and satisfying! Love it!

  15. emiglia 15

    Wow! I never would have thought to put broiled tomatoes in pasta like that… and I thought I had thought of every way to put tomatoes in pasta! Delicious…

  16. Tracey 16

    I made it for dinner tonight and it was so easy and delicious, my husband loved it and I may be making this again before the end of the week!

  17. Roz 17

    Cathy, this spaghetti recipe is beautiful and amazing! I’m including it in my Tomato Recipe Roundup and using your photo as well (please let me know if you’d like me to take it off). Thank you for submitting it to my roundup and allowing me to also find and now follow your blog!

  18. Jessie C. 18

    I would use Morningstar Farms Meal Starter Veggie Meatballs for quick spaghetti and meatball meal when I don’t have to time to cook from scratch.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  19. Jessie C. 19



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