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Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Tarragon


Serving pasta with fresh tomato sauce is ideal in August and September, when tomatoes are in season and at their most flavorful.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2006


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 pounds beefsteak or plum tomatoes, cored
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh tarragon or basil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, halve tomatoes lengthwise. Squeeze gently to remove most of seeds; discard seeds. Chop tomatoes into 1/2-inch pieces, and transfer to a bowl; set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-low. Add shallots; cook until golden, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Stir in tomatoes until coated with oil; season generously with salt and pepper.

  3. Cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain; return to pot. Pour tomato mixture over pasta; add tarragon and Parmesan. Toss to combine. Divide among four bowls; top with additional Parmesan, if desired.

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  • ediththayer
    29 AUG, 2012
    This is a very tasty supper for a summer night. I used 2# of different color heirloom tomatoes from my CSA farm which I peeled. I had an 8 oz. box of spaghetti and found that to be a good ratio to the tomatoes. I used tarragon from my deck garden and some very good Parmesan.
  • jillhubb6
    24 FEB, 2009
    I love this dish in the summer. It is so tasty, light and refreshing. I used fresh tarragon from my garden and home grown tomatoes. I can't stop eating it when I make it.