Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes

I mentioned in my last post how I'm trying to cut down on food expenses, and it's still happening.  I don't think it's intentional though.  When I look in my fridge there is next to nothing in it.  This isn't me 'not buying food', this is me being busy, and a bit lazy.  Its been too long since I last did a big shop.

Last Saturday (don't judge me), my mum came over and cleaned my house.  It was brilliant.  She moved furniture, and when she left it was like I was in a new place!  Now there's two things to this - 1 she's a perfectionist and hates dirt!  So coming for a visit and seeing dust made her demand a cleaning cloth.  2 - I haven't had an hour free for weeks to actually spend cleaning.  

After she left it was lunch time.  I opened my fridge and there was nothing.  Initially I wanted eggs on toast, but no eggs.  I did see a small container of cherry tomatoes and instantly thought "pasta!".

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This dish is actually a favourite that I've been making for years.  It's so simple and ridiculously tasty.  The balance of olive oil, salt, garlic and sweet tomatoes makes an a simple yet powerful sauce.  I recommend adding some fresh chilli and a few ripped basil leaves (of course, I didn't have any of these in my fridge).

Recipe my own
Serves 1
150g dried spaghetti
A good slug of virgin olive oil (2-3 tablespoons)
1 large garlic clove, finely diced
6 cherry tomatoes, small ones cut in half, larger ones in quarters
2 pinches sea salt
Grated parmesan, to serve

Bring a medium pot of water to the boil and add the pasta and a teaspoon of sea salt, cooking according to packet instructions.

In a small pot over a medium heat, add the oil, garlic. and salt  As soon as the garlic starts to sizzle, add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes until they start to breakdown.  Turn off the heat and set aside.

When the pasta is cooked, using tongs, add the pasta to the sauce.  Don't worry about pasta water getting in, it will help extend the sauce.  Give it a good toss, and serve with a good amount of grated parmesan.

Serves a greedy one.


  1. Just found you through your comment at 101 Cookbooks - yay!

    I love 'empty refrigerator' inspiration dishes. That little dash of triumph makes them taste even better! :)

  2. Tomatoes & pasta--simple but perfect. I'll have to keep this in mind for the new summer crop. :)

  3. I could live on this meal. Genuinely! It's my favourite. Italians know how to do it don't they. You've got me craving pasta now.

    I love your blog by the way :) do follow back if you get a chance!

  4. Perfect with a crust of bread. Very nice!

  5. Thanks for your comments!

    It's so nice yo hear that you like the blog :)

  6. Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes are excellent in taste. Thanks for sharing post


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