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No-Knife Pasta

Serve for a simple and satisfying family meal.

  • servings: 4




  • 1 pound pasta
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 medium tomatoes (about 2 pounds) cored and torn into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup coarsely torn basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely torn oregano leaves
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1/4 pound fresh mozzarella, torn into 1/2-inch pieces (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package directions.

  2. Step 2

    While pasta is cooking, in a large bowl, combine tomatoes, basil, olive oil, oregano, garlic, and red-pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature up to 8 hours.

  3. Step 3

    Drain spaghetti in a colander and add to tomato mixture. Add mozzarella and toss to combine. Garnish with basil and serve immediately.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010



Reviews (13)

  • startingtocook 27 Jul, 2010

    What kind of salad/side dish do you think would go well with this pasta?

  • csi200 25 Jul, 2010

    earlier comment was cut off - roast garlic

  • csi200 25 Jul, 2010

    for a richer flavor, roast the garlic and tomato pieces drizzled with olive oil

  • smilinggreenmom 14 May, 2010

    This looks super easy and tasty too! I see someone else used rigatoni? I want to try it using pasta that we love made from Kamut Khorasan Wheat! Oh my - I bet it would be fabulous! Great recipe, thanks!

  • SueHaas 10 May, 2010

    I made this for Mother's Day. Yum, what a fresh dish to serve to my family. I also used Rigatoni and with the raves I received, I will be making this dish again and again.

  • Recipemaker 9 May, 2010

    We made this recipe for Mother's Day. We used Rigatoni. It was wonderful! Allow the tomatoes to marinate for several hours. Yummy!

  • ShoeGirlToni 9 May, 2010

    Thank you Sara.

  • MSLO_Sara 7 May, 2010

    Martha used Setaro brand "calamar" noodles on the show, from Buon Italia ( in Chelsea Market

  • lmartin87 6 May, 2010

    I looked online and found Garofalo Calamarata Pasta from The cost was $6.99 for 2 lbs. I placed an order at 11:19 EST and it has already shipped! I am looking foward to making this dish.

  • elliela 6 May, 2010

    Actually during a break in the show someone did ask where to get it and I'm sorry that I can't remember the name of the store. I do remember the shop was located in Chelsea Market in NYC, so when I get a chance to go there, I'll post the name of the store.

  • lmartin87 6 May, 2010

    It was wide ring shaped pasta-Calamarata (squid like). I don't remember if martha said where it was purchased. I would like to find it too.

  • ShoeGirlToni 5 May, 2010

    I would like to know the name of the pasta as well.

  • elliela 5 May, 2010

    I posted a question, but looks like it didn't post. I was at the show yesterday and just wanted to know the name of the pasta Martha used. I didn't get a chance to write it down. Thanks!