Spaghetti alla Checca

Spaghetti alla Checca
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Spaghetti alla Checca
Jessica Chou

Spaghetti alla Checca

This fresh, easy pasta is amazing in the summer, with the classic combination of tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella in an uncooked sauce. But it can easily be made year-round to enjoy that same garlicky taste.

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2
Servings
937
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

If you're not a big garlic fan, you can simply rub the mixing and serving bowl with some raw garlic to get just a hint of the flavor.

If you don't have cherry tomatoes, feel free to dice any other tomatoes you may have.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces thin spaghetti
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes (or 1/2 pint), halved
  • 1/4 pound fresh mozzarella, cubed into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 4 leaves basil, torn
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter

Directions

Boil water and cook thin spaghetti in salted water until al dente.

Combine the garlic, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil in a medium bowl. Mix with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.

Once the pasta is ready, toss with the butter to melt it, then combine with the tomato mixture. Serve the pasta warm.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
46g
66%
Sugar
39g
43%
Saturated Fat
28g
100%
Cholesterol
26mg
9%
Carbohydrate, by difference
110g
85%
Protein
21g
46%
Vitamin A, RAE
221µg
32%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
10mg
13%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
247µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
431mg
43%
Choline, total
14mg
3%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
118µg
30%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
81mg
25%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
379mg
54%
Selenium, Se
34µg
62%
Sodium, Na
974mg
65%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
109g
4%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Spaghetti Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Spaghetti Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Spaghetti Wine Pairing

Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nero d'avola, primitivo, sangiovese, or carménère with meat- or tomato-based sauces; grenache or chardonnay with cream-based sauces; pinot gris/grigio, albariño, or other fresh white wines (for instance, soave, Italian sauvignon, or grillo) with seafood pasta; nebbiolo, dolcetto, or barbera with most non-seafood pasta.