Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti


This roasted cherry tomato sauce is very easy and makes a delicious weeknight dinner with spaghetti!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
6 servings


  • 1 head garlic

  • 2 drizzles extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti

  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • ¼ cup fresh basil, cut into strips


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Cut the top off of the head of garlic and place on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with oil and wrap up.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  5. Place tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  6. Roast in the oven with garlic for 20 minutes more.

  7. Remove from the oven and let cool until safe to handle, 10 to 20 minutes. Place tomatoes in a large bowl and squeeze roasted garlic onto tomatoes. Mash using a potato masher into a sauce.

  8. Add spaghetti to sauce; mix well and top with mozzarella cheese and basil. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes:

Sometimes to save time, I'll roast the garlic in my toaster oven earlier in the day. Also, I will usually place the mozzarella in the freezer for half an hour for easier slicing.

You can use grape tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes, if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

519 Calories
15g Fat
66g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 519
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 509mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 22mg 111%
Calcium 632mg 49%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 493mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.