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Recipe: Quick Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

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Ingredients

 1 ½ lbs ripe tomatoes
 ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
 ½ tsp salt
 ¼ tsp sugar
 freshly ground black pepper to taste
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 ½ lb whole wheat spaghetti
 ¼ cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for topping
 freshly grated parmesan for serving

Directions

1

While the pasta is cooking. Roughly chop 2/3 of the tomatoes. Over a large bowl, grate the rest of the tomatoes using the large holes of a box grater.

2

Combine the chopped and grated tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, sugar, garlic and pepper in the large bowl. Let rest 10 minutes for the flavors to combine.

3

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Immediately place the pasta back into the pasta pot.

4

Add the tomato sauce into the pasta with the 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid. Cook over medium heat until hot and the cooking liquid is absorbed. Mix in the 1/4 cup chopped basil during the last minute.

5

Serve immediately with more basil and parmesan cheese.

Recipe: Quick Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

~ Marla Meridith

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