No-Knife Pasta


Serve for a simple and satisfying family meal.


  • 1 pound pasta

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 medium tomatoes (about 2 pounds) cored and torn into ¾-inch pieces

  • ½ cup coarsely torn basil leaves, plus more for garnish

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons coarsely torn oregano leaves

  • 4 medium cloves garlic, smashed

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

  • ¼ pound fresh mozzarella, torn into ½-inch pieces (optional)


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

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

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