Spaghetti recipe: Scarpetta’s tomato basil spaghetti

Seduce your beloved carbovore with Scarpetta’s tomato and basil spaghetti this Valentine’s Day.

Stay in — where no one will judge you for eating a few strands Lady and the Tramp style — and cook up this recipe for two.

If you’re not already in love, you will be. With this pasta dish.


6 oz. spaghetti, fresh or dried

12 oz. tomato sauce (recipe below)

8 large basil leaves, chiffonade

2 tbsp. unsalted butter

4 tbsp. Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated

2 tbsp. extra virgin Tuscan olive oil

Pinch red pepper flakes

Salt (to taste)

Tomato sauce, yield: 1 quart


16 plum tomatoes, ripe

16 oz. San Marzano tomatoes

2 tbsp. extra virgin Tuscan olive oil

1/2 Tbsp. red pepper flakes

1/2 cup extra virgin Tuscan olive oil

12 garlic cloves, whole and peeled

4 basil stems, leaves on

Salt (to taste)

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