This is a quick and easy recipe with few ingredients. It is a light sauce for tomato lovers with flavorful spices and a nice southwestern taste.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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  • In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cilantro, basil, sugar and oregano; mix well, then add olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

  • Combine sauce with pasta and toss to coat. Top with cheese and serve.

Nutrition Facts

582 calories; protein 17.2g; carbohydrates 80.3g; fat 21.9g; cholesterol 95.8mg; sodium 64.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/12/2008
This is a tasty fresh recipe. Changes: Use half the amount of pasta called for. 1 lb. is way too much. 1/2 lb. for 4 servings is perfect. I used whole wheat spaghetti and my family loved it. Use "Nature's Sweet" tomatoes or some type of sugar plum tomatoes - you really need quality tomatoes since this is such a major ingredient. I used twice the amount of fresh cilantro. Use 1-2 teaspoons of fresh basil - much better than dried. I put about 1/4 the amount of sugar based on another reviewer's recommendation and thought it was fine - probably didn't need any actually. I echo the other reviewer's rec of using high quality extra virgin olive oil. Also definitely add chicken. I used fresh Parmesan as well - delicious touch. I served with some warm crusty sourdough bread and steamed broccoli and it was a perfect meal! My husband who usually prefers tomato ground beef sauce loved this fresh recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/20/2007
On the bland side and not particularly filling. Not too bad though. Makes for something really quick and easy. Read More
(5)
18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2008
This is a tasty fresh recipe. Changes: Use half the amount of pasta called for. 1 lb. is way too much. 1/2 lb. for 4 servings is perfect. I used whole wheat spaghetti and my family loved it. Use "Nature's Sweet" tomatoes or some type of sugar plum tomatoes - you really need quality tomatoes since this is such a major ingredient. I used twice the amount of fresh cilantro. Use 1-2 teaspoons of fresh basil - much better than dried. I put about 1/4 the amount of sugar based on another reviewer's recommendation and thought it was fine - probably didn't need any actually. I echo the other reviewer's rec of using high quality extra virgin olive oil. Also definitely add chicken. I used fresh Parmesan as well - delicious touch. I served with some warm crusty sourdough bread and steamed broccoli and it was a perfect meal! My husband who usually prefers tomato ground beef sauce loved this fresh recipe! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2007
I really liked this It would be better for summer than winter but we would suggest to cut down the amount of sugar by a little (it was a little sweet) use a very high quality extra virgin oil and add a chicken breast so it will fill you up more. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2010
This is a tasty and different side dish. When I went to get my tomatoes I found out that I only had one smallish tomato so I used that and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies that I had in my pantry. I think the green chilies were a nice addition since they brought a little bit of pop to the dish. And since I had to use canned tomatoes I left out the sugar. I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2010
This was good but unfortunately I didn't have fresh ingredients on hand. Therefore the tomatoes were from a can and the cilantro was dried. I would do this again but with fresh ingredients. Thanks Rachel. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2007
On the bland side and not particularly filling. Not too bad though. Makes for something really quick and easy. Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
10/25/2004
Great. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2012
Ok will not make again. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2013
I splashed in some red wine vinegar when I added the olive oil to up the flavor. The cilantro added an interesting and yummy kick. This was a little different than my usual weeknight pasta dishes thank you for sharing Rachel! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2017
This was great thank you!! Read More
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