Simple summer spaghetti

spaghetti with tomato

Serves 4

  • 500 g mixed red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 150 g black olives, stoned

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 bunch fresh lemon basil, leaves picked

  • 1 bunch fresh marjoram, leaves picked

  • 10 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 400 g spaghetti or linguine

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

In a large bowl, scrunch the tomatoes with your hands to slightly mush them. Mix in the olives, garlic and vinegar. Tear in the basil and marjoram leaves and pour in the olive oil. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.



Cook your pasta in salted boiling water according to the packet instructions until al dente. Drain and quickly toss in with the tomatoes. Call your guests around the table, then taste the juice at the bottom of the bowl and adjust the seasoning if you feel it needs it. Serve right away.

Nutritional Information

Simple summer spaghetti

With beautiful ripe tomatoes and olives

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With sweet cherry tomatoes and tons of fragrant herbs, this pasta really is a taste of summer
Serves 4
30m
Super easy
Method

A really simple, quick and amazingly tasty pasta dish which always hits the spot and will impress your mates. Try baking some fish fillets over the herby tomatoes... it's fantastic.

In a large bowl, scrunch the tomatoes with your hands to slightly mush them. Mix in the olives, garlic and vinegar. Tear in the basil and marjoram leaves and pour in the olive oil. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.

Cook your pasta in salted boiling water according to the packet instructions until al dente. Drain and quickly toss in with the tomatoes. Call your guests around the table, then taste the juice at the bottom of the bowl and adjust the seasoning if you feel it needs it. Serve right away.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
Calories are simply a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use up, you might gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. The amount you need depends on your age, gender and how physically active you are, but the average person needs around 2,000 calories a day.
Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.
We all love a treat now and then, but try to limit your sugar intake where possible. Most of the sugar in your diet should come from raw whole fruits and milk, because they give us lots of other nutrients at the same time. Check the ingredients list on food labels so you know how much sugar is in the food you eat.
We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Sometimes known as "bad fats", saturated fat is found in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese - it can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels if we eat too much. Unsaturated or "good fats" found in fish, nuts, seeds, avocados and some oils can help keep our heart healthy when eaten in moderation.
Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 415
    21%
  • Carbs 25.2g
    10%
  • Sugar 4.2g 5%
  • Fat 30.9g 44%
  • Saturates 4.5g 23%
  • Protein 6.0g 13%
Of an adult's reference intake

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