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We all know that spaghetti is the ultimate comfort food, and what can be more comforting than a delicious dish that only requires 5 ingredients and minimal effort?!

This recipe combines the classic flavours of tomato, basil and garlic - it’s so simple it can’t go wrong! Mashing the tomatoes releases their gorgeous flavours really well, and it coats the spaghetti in a way that can only be describes as YUMMO. Whip this up for your friends or fam in absolutely no time, and everyone’s tastebuds will be gratefu



Squashed Tomato Spaghetti

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 500g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs basil (leaves only)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 400g spaghetti


  1. 1.

    Large deep frying pan | Microplane | Large saucepan | Kettle boiled

    First, prep the veg | Peel and grate the garlic | Pick the basil leaves

    Now, start the cooking process | Warm the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat | Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds | Add the cherry tomatoes to the pan along with a pinch of salt and pepper, stir the tomatoes around in the pan, turn the heat down, put the lid on the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes | Gently shake the pan to prevent catching every 2 minutes minutes | Take the lid of the pan and gently crush the tomatoes with a potato masher to release the juices | Add ⅔’s of the basil leaves to the pan and fold into the tomatoes turn the heat right down

    Now, prepare the pasta and finish the dish | Cook the pasta according to pack instructions (approx 9 minutes in well salted water - the bigger the pan, the better!) and save 100ml pasta water | Add the pasta water to the pan to loosen the sauce | Add the spaghetti to the pan and fold it into the sauce

    Time to serve! | Twist the pasta into 4 bowls, sprinkle over the remaining basil leaves, crack over some black pepper and serve immediately