Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce, Recipe for a Great Dish

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My spaghetti with tomato sauce recipe shows a classic of simple Italian cuisine.

I bring the pasta with tomato sauce extra colorful on the plate and complement the popular pasta with fried zucchini.

Almost everyone knows the spaghetti alla napoletana or spaghetti Napoli with a simple tomato sauce and basil.

Here I show you a new variant with stewed tomatoes from the oven.

I promise you won’t forget this dish.

I wish you good luck!

1. Recipe Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Instructions for gourmets, below the instructions.

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Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 456
Total Time 45 Min.
Preparation Time 30 Min.
Cook Time 15 Min.

Easy guide for preparing pasta with oven tomato sauce.

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Spaghetti with tomato sauce Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Tomato sauce

250 g cherry tomatoes (I use ripe, flavorful…)
1 tsp brown can sugar
1/2 tsp primal salt (I use ancient salt or Himalayan salt)
4 pinches black ground pepper
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 piece shallots
1-2 piece glove of garlic
80 ml dry white wine
1 tsp fresh thyme (optional basil, marjoram, oregano)
1 tbsp tomato puree (Optional)

Optionally with zucchini

1 piece Zucchini


250 g spaghetti (or any other type of pasta without egg)
50 g parmesan (Finely grated)
1/2 bunch basil fresh


Marinated cocktail tomatoes before cooking in the oven.
Marinated cocktail tomatoes prepared for stewing and caramelizing.

Prepare tomatoes

Preheat the oven at 200°C hot air.

Wash the cherry tomatoes, drain and place in a bowl.

Leave the stalks and tomato sprigs.

Season with salt, pepper and sugar and drizzle with olive oil.

Put the prepared tomatoes in the oven for 35 minutes.

Caramelized stewed tomatoes close-up
Braised tomatoes, caramelized.

Provide tomatoes

After cooking, remove the stewed tomatoes from the oven.

Place a few extra tomatoes on a plate as decorative tomatoes.

Roast the garlic in the pan
Fry the garlic in the pan.

Sauté garlic

Finely dice the peeled onion and garlic and sauté for approx. 4 minutes until colourless.

Prepare the tomato sauce in the pan
tomato sauce in the pan

Prepare sauce

Deglaze with the white wine, add the cooked tomatoes with their stalks and bring to the boil.

Season the sauce with salt, pepper, sugar and herbs to taste.

Optionally add tomato paste for a stronger flavor.

Tomato sauce
Prepare tomato sauce from fresh, aromatic small vine tomatoes in a pan.

Crush tomatoes

Mash some tomatoes and let the tomato sauce simmer for about 15 minutes.

Remove the tomato stalks.

Finely grated parmesan
Parmesan or Pecorino harmonize perfectly.

Prepare cheese

Finely grate fresh Parmesan and set aside in a bowl.

Grill zucchini
Fry zucchini in a grill pan

Prepare vegetables

Cut the courgettes into thin slices and sauté in olive oil over high heat.

Season with salt and pepper.

Alternatively, use a ribbed grill pan and give the slices a great grill look.

Spaghetti cooking in a pot
Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water.

Pasta cooking

Cook the spaghetti al dente in a large saucepan.

Pasta water may taste like sea water.

Season the water generously with salt.

Drain spaghetti and drain well.

Spaghetti in tomato sauce
Mix the spaghetti in the tomato sauce, which conjures up flavor in the pasta.

Toss pasta

Toss the spaghetti in the tomato sauce and arrange on hot plates.

Spaghetti with tomato sauce recipe picture
Spaghetti with tomato sauce Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Decorate with zucchini, decorative tomato and basil and serve with grated parmesan.

I wish you a good appetite!


I show you how to prepare diced tomatoes from fresh tomatoes in the article:

Skinning and peeling tomatoes

Also look at the tomato sauce strained tomatoes and the instructions for tomato sauce fresh tomatoes.


2. Calories (kcal.) and Nutritional Values

3. Make your Own Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Cooking tomato sauce is really no witchcraft.

Everyone knows the usual recipes based on onions and garlic, sweated in olive oil, deglazed with white wine, tomatoes, finished with salt, pepper, sugar and herbs.

Good taste more or less depends on great tomatoes and the ability to give the dish the right finish with the spices and herbs.

Today I would like to enrich your tomato sauce cooking with a new variant and I will show you a combined preparation in the oven and on the stove.

First, preheat your oven, 200°C hot air is ideal. Then put the washed tomatoes in a bowl, season with salt, pepper and brown sugar, baste the tomatoes with some olive oil. For me it looks like this:

Cooking tomato sauce in the oven brings variety to the plate!

Says chef Thomas Sixt
Tomato sauce fresh tomatoes
Fully ripe and tasty cocktail tomatoes are ideal for this dish!

Put the bowl with the tomatoes in the oven for about 30 minutes.

The tomatoes cook evenly in the oven and the sugar caramelizes our tomatoes beautifully!

It then looks something like this:

Oven cooked tomatoes for tomato sauce.
Tomatoes cooked and caramelized in the oven serve as the basis for our fantastic tomato sauce!

The tomatoes cooked in the oven are now processed further.

Taste the tomato stock that has settled to the bottom of the bowl.

I think you will have a little wow experience.

The tomato stock prepared in the oven tastes great!

Says chef Thomas Sixt

Put some tomatoes aside for later decoration on the plate. Now it’s time to cook the tomato sauce:

Mmm this will be delicious!

4. Tip: Zucchini as a Supplement to Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Next, cut a few thin slices of zucchini and place them in the hot pan.

Add some olive oil, fry the zucchini on both sides and season with salt and pepper.

Put the pan aside, you only need the zucchini to serve the spaghetti.

If this step is too much for you, I have an alternative for you.

Buy quartered artichoke hearts and heat them directly in the oil.

The artichokes taste great with the tomato sauce, I like to add black olives as an extra.

Zucchini when frying as an accompaniment to spaghetti with tomato sauce
Zucchini slices, halved slices or cubes are a fine addition.

5. Cook Spaghetti Properly and Arrange the Dish

Please stick to the rule of thumb: “The sauce is waiting for the spaghetti!”.

Means: First cook the tomato sauce and the extras, then add the spaghetti to the boiling water.

Don’t forget to season the water with salt.

Use a lot of salt, unfortunately most of the quantities are wrong, I use 2-3 tablespoons of salt for 5 liters of water, so that the spaghetti or pasta in general really tastes good.

2-3 tablespoons of salt in 5 liters of water!
Pasta water must taste like sea water.
I prefer to use Ursalz or Himlayasalz.

Ingredients tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Spaghetti with tomato sauce recipe picture
Spaghetti with tomato sauce Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

The addition of olive oil in the cooking water is such a new modern controversial topic.

I always add olive oil because I don’t think it harms the taste and the spaghetti doesn’t stick together as much.

When the spaghetti is cooked al dente, please drain and shake well.

You can then arrange the spaghetti white and red, which is not the norm in Italian cuisine.

In Italy, the spaghetti is usually tossed in the pan with the sauce and thus gets more sauce.

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