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Spaghetti with Spicy Roasted Cherry Tomato Marinara
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
A simple, wonderfully spicy roasted cherry tomato marinara that yields a rich tomato sauce after just 30 minutes in the oven. Bursting with fresh tomato flavor, it's an ideal way to enjoy peak tomato season.
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: roasted cherry tomato marinara
Makes: 6 generous servings
Author: Elizabeth Stark
  • 1 1/2 pounds cherry tomatoes, stems removed (or regular tomatoes cored and quarters)
  • 4 - 6 cloves garlic, woody tip trimmed, but left in papery skin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup torn fresh herbs such as basil and parsley, plus up to 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 8 ounces burrata or fresh mozzarella (*optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Toss to combine tomatoes, sea salt, red pepper flakes, and olive oil in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Tuck garlic cloves (still in their papery skin) into the tomato mixture.

  3. Roast 20 minutes. Press garlic cloves, and if tender and soft to the touch, carefully remove from tomato mixture and set on a cutting board to cool. If using larger cloves, they may need the full 30 minutes to cook through. Return baking dish to the oven and roast 10 minutes more.

  4. When cool, squeeze garlic from papery skin, mash with a fork, and stir into marinara once it's out of the oven.

  5. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti to al dente in a large pot of salted water. Remove pasta from water (or if using a colander, be sure to reserve 2 cups pasta cooking water), and set in a large bowl. Use a silicone spatula to scrape tomato sauce over the spaghetti, and toss. Add several splashes pasta cooking water as needed. Add fresh herbs, torn burrata (if using), and sea salt and red pepper flakes to taste. Garnish with fresh herb sprigs and cherry tomato clusters. Serve immediately.