This dish is a winner. Its sauce, made by cream and tomato puree, is so delicious and goes with spaghetti like a perfect match made in heaven. And the best thing is, it is so simple to make and requires very few ingredients that you can whip it up any time, any day.
This dish is commonly served in many pasta cafes and restaurants as well as the Japanese French fusions like that of Hoshino Coffee. I personally like the simplicity of this dish, with its cream-based sauce and flavours, which helps to further bring out the freshness and crunchiness of the cherry tomatoes. Not too much fuss is required – just slurp up the noodles and bite into the tomatoes as you do.
Of course, the big disclaimer here is that the commercial ones are usually served as is, without any cherry tomatoes. So that when you slurp up the spaghetti, you really just focus on the tomato cream and its flavours. Being a mother and wife, it would always be nice to get my family to eat one-pot meals to reduce the hassle of having to cook another dish to go alongside main dishes. Hence the additional cherry tomatoes in this one. It works, and it makes the pasta so much more palatable, so much more vibrant and so so inviting!
- Spaghetti: 300g
- Unsalted butter: 2 tbsp
- Garlic: 3 cloves, finely chopped
- White onion: 1/2, finely chopped
- Tomato puree: 1/2 cup
- Milk: 1/2 cup
- Thickened cream: 3/4 cup
- Parmesan cheese: 3/4 cup, grated + extra to serve
- Chicken stock cube: 1
- Cherry tomato: 1/2 cup, halved
- Salt: to taste
- Mixed herbs: 1/2 tsp
- Ground blackpepper: to taste
- Cook spaghetti in a pot of boiling water (about 5min).
- Melt butter in pan. Saute garlic and onions till translucent and fragrant.
- Add in tomato puree, milk, thickened cream, parmesan cheese, chicken stock cube & cherry tomatoes.
- Simmer 2min. Add salt to taste.
- Add spaghetti into sauce. Toss to coat evenly.
- Scoop onto serving plate. Garnish with herbs, ground blackpepper and parmesan cheese to serve.
- This recipe was kindly adapted from Recipetineats’ Creamy Tomato Pasta. I added cherry tomatoes to make it a more wholesome one-dish-meal to serve the family.
3 – 4 persons