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Quick Cherry Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti


  • 2 pints fresh cherry tomatoes

  • About 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 fresh red chili pepper, Italian cherry or Fresno, seeded and finely chopped, or 1 teaspoon chili flakes

  • 3-4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or grated

  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained

  • 1/4 cup white vermouth or 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • A handful of flat leaf parsley

  • A few leaves basil, torn

  • 1 pound spaghetti

  • Grated pecorino cheese


Heat a pot of water to boil for the pasta.

Halve the cherry tomatoes.

Heat 1/4 cup EVOO, 4 turns of the pan, in large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the chili pepper, garlic and capers and swirl around for 2-3 minutes; add the vermouth or wine and the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Add the herbs and simmer while the pasta cooks, 8-10 minutes.

Cook the pasta in salted, boiling water. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water and drain the pasta. Add the reserved starchy cooking water and the pasta to the sauce and toss for 1-2 minutes. Top with cheese and serve immediately.