This healthy Spaghetti recipe with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Basil comes together in under 20 minutes and highlights fresh summer tomatoes. Vegan and GF adaptable. With a video!

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Basil in a saute pan.

I’m a little embarrassed to tell you how much I’ve been making this Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce lately. Like every single night this past week!  Summer tomatoes are so juicy and flavorful right now, so tomato-ey, and I can’t get enough of them! This recipe really highlights them in a simple, flavorful way.  It’s a meal that can be whipped up very quickly – like in 20 minutes flat, yet feels like a feast, somewhere on a Tuscan hillside. Great for busy weeknights, it’s a snap to make, kids love it and it is deeply nourishing.

Keep it light and vegan, embellishing with capers, chili flakes or kalamata olives,  or add a little fresh grated Romano or salty cheese to add richness. And of course you can always use gluten-free pasta! Either way, I know you’ll love this.

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce | 60-second video

What makes this recipe so good:

Fresh Summer Tomatoes! The success of this recipe lies in the quality of the tomatoes. Fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes taste so good, they need little else to boost their inherent flavor. And guess what? It just happens to be tomato season here in the Northwest. Juicy, ripe and full of flavor, they are at their peak.  Knowing they won’t be here too much longer, makes me want to eat them at every meal.

fresh colorful heirloom tomatoes

What you will need for the recipe:

  • onion
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • fresh summer tomatoes
  • spaghetti (or other pasta)
  • Basil
  • salt and pepper

chopped onion and garlic

Step by Step Instructions:

Step 1:

Set the pasta to boil.

cooking the spaghetti in a pot

Step 2:

Add olive oil to a large pan over medium high heat. Saute onion and garlic until fragrant and golden, reduce heat, stir occasionally.

onions, sautéing in a pan

Step 3:

Add the fresh ripe tomatoes, their seeds and juices, and a splash of vermouth or wine.

tomatoes cooking in a pan

Step 4:

Add salt and pepper and simmer 5 minutes on medium heat, covered. In 5 minutes flat, the tomatoes will break down just a bit, and a look like this below.

(Note: Some people remove the seeds and skins, but I’ve found the seeds have so much flavor. The skins, well they don’t bother me, easily dissolving in the sauce.)

fresh tomato sauce cooking in the pan

Step 5:

Add the cooked pasta. Drain the pasta and add it to the tomato sauce. Continue cooking the pasta in the tomato sauce for just a few more minutes, letting it soak up the delicious flavor.

Spaghetti being added to tomato sauce.

Step 6:

Add the fresh basil!

spaghetti and sauce cooking in a pan

Then feel free to embellish a bit.

Add capers or Kalamata olives if you want.

A forkful of Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Dish it up and either keep it vegan or add some fresh grated Romano or Parmesan.

A bowls of Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Basil topped with grated pecorino cheese.

You could also top this with Vegan Cheesy Sprinkle!

Vegan Cheesy Sprinkles! Give a little savory depth to your meals with this dairy-free rich topping. Perfect for pasta dishes, soups, and salads- a  great vegan substitute for parmesan cheese.  Easy to make in less than 20 minutes! #veganparmesan

Or keep it plain!

A forkful of Spaghetti.

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And that is it – the simplest of recipes for healthy Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce made with vine-ripened summer tomatoes and basil- one of my favorite dinners.

Have a good week!


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Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

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Healthy Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Basil – a simple, quick and healthy recipe featuring fresh summer tomatoes that can be made in 20 mins flat!


Units Scale
  • 8 oz pasta (linguini, spaghetti or angel hair )
  • 1/2 an onion- diced
  • 8 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs juicy ripe tomatoes, diced (about 6 cups chopped, save juices)
  • 1/4 cup splash vermouth, red wine or white wine
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1520 basil leaves, torn, more for garnish
  • Pptional: fresh grated Pecorino Romano cheese (or Parmesan), or vegan parmesa, or try this Vegan Cheesy Sprinkle
  • Optional additions: chili flakes, Kalamata olives or capers


  1. Set a big pot of salted pasta water to boil on high to cook pasta. Cook pasta according to directions on the package.
  2. Make the Fresh Tomato sauce. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions, saute 3-4 minutes, until tender. Turn heat to medium. Add the rough chopped garlic. Saute a few minutes until garlic is fragrant and golden. Add the chopped tomatoes and all their juices and seeds. Turn heat up to medium-high.
  3. Add vermouth or wine, cook this off then bring to a simmer and simmer 5 minutes until tomatoes begin to break down and wine cooks off a bit.
  4. Stir in salt and pepper.
  5. Turn heat to low, simmer on low, covered, until pasta is cooked is ready to add.
  6. When pasta is cooked to al dente, drain and add it to the fresh tomato sauce, continuing to cook pasta on low for a few minutes in the sauce. Stir in the basil leaves.
  7. Divide among bowls and top with fresh grated Pecorino cheese and top with fresh basil ribbons.


Feel free to use vegan parmesan or Vegan Cheesy Sprinkle.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 362
  • Sugar: 8.4 g
  • Sodium: 598 mg
  • Fat: 11.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.5 g
  • Fiber: 5.1 g
  • Protein: 10.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. This is one of my absolute favorite uses of fresh summer tomatoes. So simple but so incredibly flavorful. I just made a double batch of this sauce. When I made it last time, I happily ate it every day until the leftovers ran out!

  2. I made this last night after a friend gave me more tomatoes than I knew what to do with. Our dinner was amazing! What a flavorful fresh tomato sauce!

    1. Hi- I’d use canned WHOLE Marzano tomatoes (28 ounces) and their juices (break them apart). Be sure to adjust seasonings to taste.

  3. This was the best spaghetti ever! Fast, easy and fresh! Amazing, considering NO “IItaluan Seasoning”!
    I am considering canning garden tomatoes now, so as to be able to mske this delush dish i. Winter!!!

  4. Very yummy recipe, it took me a while to find one with fresh tomatoes that looked like it would be flavorful and wasn’t disappointed. Def add the capers

  5. I loved this one! I have made many of your recipes and some of them I have on a ‘hard repeat’ around our house. And my family loves them too. This is the first time I have commented though. I just want you to know how much I appreciate you… you make me a pretty damn good cook! THANK YOU!

    1. Ahaha! I’m so glad you like this one Erin! And I really appreciate you rating and commenting! It truly does help the blog- but totally get that it is a pain. Anyways THANKS! xoxo

  6. This is so fresh tasting and very good – thank you! (Since it is a looser sauce, I found it made enough for about 12 ounces of pasta, according to my family’s tastes.)

  7. Made as written using vermouth for the wine option, adding in some capers (great suggestion – thank you) and choosing spaghetti for the pasta. Outcome was delicious and perfect use for tomatoes that were just shy of being too ripe for ‘out of hand’ eating (thanks to a generous neighbor who had gifted us with an abundance from his garden). A keeper!

  8. This was not great pasta sauce this was OMG blew my socks off. I am a serious meat eater and this was not short of flavour. Easy to make amazingly tasteful and delightful. We just found are new favorite thing to make. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

  9. I had so many tomatoes this last summer. I fell in love with its freshness and honesty.
    I can’t wait to make it again next summer! It makes me feel happy, excited, hopeful and nourished just thinking about it.

  10. great recipe and perfect for the end of tomato season. I bet you are very pretty but that’s only a bet as your photo just shows your hair!! Would love to see your face!

  11. This was an easy and delicious tomato sauce.
    I used tomatoes from the garden as well as basil.
    I added some other veggies. Just a delicious recipe – thank you so much!

  12. What a delicious meal! I love Spaghetti. this looks so delicious and yet so simple to make. I will do for starting a new day!

  13. Wow, this looks so delicious and yet so simple to make – my kind of recipe! Such beautiful photography, as well.

  14. Sounds absolutely delicious! I am all about using fresh tomatoes while they are (still) in season! Gotta give this a go before they disappear!

  15. No reason to be embarrassed. Spaghetti sauce is fun to variate. I like the easiness of your recipe. Makes a great weekday meal.

  16. Oh my goodness this looks like an amazing pasta! Fresh pasta is the best and I love how saucy this is, aah I just want a big bowl!! <3 <3

    1. Adapted the recipe with what I had. Followed the recipe but used one 28 oz can of organic tomatoes and 1/3 cup red wine (give or take). Added a cup of finely chopped organic spinach, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes and 1/3 or so cup sliced Kalamata olives. Reduced sauce and it was thick and yummy. Added to good quality spaghetti. Best sauce I’ve made in a long time. Thank you.

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