Indulge in a delightful plate of baked tomato mozzarella spaghetti by following our step-by-step recipe. Experience the harmony of flavors as al dente spaghetti meets rich tomato sauce, melted mozzarella, and crispy Parmesan. A perfect blend of tradition and innovation in every bite.
Baked Tomato Mozzarella Spaghetti
Preparing an extraordinary dish of baked tomato mozzarella spaghetti is easier than you might imagine. With this recipe, we’ll guide you through each step to create a dish that will win over the tastes of family and friends. The marriage of fresh peeled tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and the robust flavor of Parmesan Reggiano will make this preparation a culinary triumph.
• 1 can (400g) of whole peeled tomatoes
• 300g high-quality spaghetti
• 2 tablespoons of premium olive oil
• 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
• 1 medium onion, expertly chopped
• 1 teaspoon of sugar to balance acidity
• 1 teaspoon of salt, or to taste
• ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
• ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional, for a hint of spice)
• 150g fresh mozzarella, gently shredded
• 50g exquisite Parmesan Reggiano, finely grated
• 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, finely chopped, for impeccable presentation
Preparing the Tomato Sauce: Start by draining the peeled tomatoes from their juice and retaining the liquid in a bowl. Crush the tomatoes by hand to obtain evenly distributed pieces. In a spacious skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the minced garlic and chopped onion. Sauté until they become translucent and emit an irresistible aroma.
Creating the Sauce: Incorporate the crushed tomatoes into the skillet, along with the reserved juice. Mix thoroughly and cook for 10-15 minutes over medium-low heat, allowing the sauce to slightly thicken.
Perfect Flavor Infusion: Add sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if desired) to the sauce, adjusting the flavors to your liking. Continue cooking over medium-low heat for another 5 minutes, occasionally stirring to let the flavors meld.
Spaghetti Preparation: While the sauce gains flavor, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti until reaching an al dente texture.
Flavor Fusion: Once ready, combine the spaghetti with the tomato sauce in the skillet. Gently mix to ensure every strand of pasta is coated with the sauce.
Assembly and Baking: Transfer half of the spaghetti with the sauce to an lightly-oiled baking dish. Sprinkle half of the shredded mozzarella and Parmesan Reggiano on the surface. Add another layer with the remaining spaghetti and sauce, then cover with the remaining cheese.
Golden Baking: Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and bake the gratinated spaghetti for about 20 minutes, until achieving a perfect golden-brown topping and irresistible melted cheese.
Final Presentation: Before serving, garnish your culinary masterpiece with a generous sprinkle of finely chopped fresh parsley. Each forkful of these gratinated spaghetti will represent a triumph of flavors and textures, an unforgettable encounter between Italian tradition and culinary creativity.
Incorporate this recipe into your repertoire and amaze your guests with a spectacle of taste and pleasure. Ideal for any occasion, Baked Tomato Mozzarella Spaghetti will soon become an indispensable classic in your kitchen.