In My Kitchen: Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Spicy Heirloom Tomato Sauce

If you’re ever tired of spaghetti sauce out of a jar, but craving some classic pasta with tomato-based sauce, look no further than this easy recipe. With whole wheat spaghetti and spicy crushed red pepper, this super-fast recipe is a fun twist on the same-old.

You’ll need:

  • 1 box whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 pound heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 oz ricotta salata
  • Salt
  • Cracked black pepper


  1. Finely chop 4/5 tomatoes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix well.
  2. In al large pot, cook spaghetti al dente. Serve 1/4 cup pasta water. Drain and set aside.
  3. Chop remaining tomatoes. Place in food processor along with garlic, red pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Puree until smooth. Stir mixture into bowl with tomatoes.
  4. Add cooked spaghetti to the bowl, combine. Toss with basil, parsley and reserved pasta water if needed.
  5. Divide pasta among serving bowls. Top with freshly grated ricotta salata.

Source: Adapted from a recipe by Good Housekeeping

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