the easiest, tastiest spaghetti ever

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes4 Comments

easy flavourful spaghetti

If you’re used to making pasta by cooking up some spaghetti and pouring over a jar of pasta sauce, you might be intimidated by the prospect of making your own sauce.  The good news is that your spaghetti has a lot of room for improvement!  Continue reading for your directions to Flavour Country. Population: spaghetti.

If you’re doing silly things like using jarred pasta sauce, allow me to introduce you to Jamie Oliver.  Jamie seems to have a genuine passion for helping people cook for themselves. He’s well known for beginner recipes that make it easy for newbies to navigate the kitchen.  

As a dietitian, I love his dedication to the art of the home-cooked meal.  When you learn to cook your own meals, you gain control of your nutrition. 

control your nutrition

From “Non-Cook,” to Cook

Jamie’s recipe books have turned many non-cooks into cooks.  It’s like magic.  

Jamie’s Food Revolution has become a legend in my circle of friends for turning our husbands into cooks.  It started with one wife buying it for her husband.  He was skeptical, but gave it a try.

He became a home chef.

Another wife thought she’d do the same and bought the cookbook for her husband.

He also became a home chef.

So, with that in mind I bought “Jamie’s Food Revolution” for my husband last Christmas.  I’m not entirely sure he was happy with the gift, but 7 months later, I’m happy to report that…..

He has made one meal. He’s not a home chef (yet!) but that meal was amazing! (Chicken and Leek Strogonoff on page 34).

So is this one.  This recipe is based on Jamie’s Classic Tomato Spaghetti.  Every time I make it, I’m amazed at how easy it is, and how few ingredients it takes to make such a flavourful meal!

Why It’s The Smart Choice

  • This dish uses fresh herbs to add a lot of flavour. Contrast this to jarred sauces that rely on sodium and sugar for taste.
  • To make it a complete meal that hits all four food groups, add grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu. If not, do what I do and balance your days instead of your meals. If you make this for dinner make sure you have adequate portions of the Meat and Alternatives category for breakfast and lunch.

Easiest, Tastiest Spaghetti Ever


  • 1 box of spaghetti
  • 2 glugs of vegetable oil (canola or olive or a combo of the two)
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ¼ tsp chili flakes
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • a small handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 can (796 ml) diced tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup feta or parmesan cheese

Optional add-ins

  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms


  1. Fill a large pot halfway with water. Place on stove and heat to boiling. Once water is at a rapid boil, slide the spaghetti in. Drain the water once the noodles are cooked al dente.
  2. Meanwhile…. place a large frying pan on the stove. Add the oil and heat to medium low.
  3. Saute the onions and chili flakes until onions start to soften.
  4. Add the garlic. Cook until garlic starts to brown.
  5. Then add the basil, diced tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the mushrooms, if you so desire.
  6. Once the sauce is heated through, turn off the heat.
  7. Add in the cheese, cooked spaghetti, and spinach, if using.


easy flavourful spaghetti

Recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver

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4 Comments on “the easiest, tastiest spaghetti ever”

  1. I love adding chickpeas to my spaghetti! It may sound bizarre, but I tried while living in a remote rural community (in Nunavut) where the price of lean meat was absurdly high. I tossed in chickpeas and well, it was a beautiful “mistake” I suppose!

    1. Great “mistake” Nita! We eat a lot of hummus and chickpeas in salads around here. One time I put chickpeas in pasta and my husband told me I had gone too far….

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