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Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

Photo courtesy of Noble Pig

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I’ve never been a fan of tomatoes. I love ketchup and marinara sauce, but plain old tomatoes were vegetables that I avoided like the plague. If a restaurant put a slice on my hamburger, I picked it out. If there were tiny pieces in my pasta sauce, I pushed them to the side. I have slowly started to eat smaller pieces mixed within meals, but I still usually refuse to eat large pieces of tomato.

But tomatoes with broiled cheese on top? Something about that just sounds downright amazing. Cathy of Noble Pig posted her recipe for Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes and suddenly a firmly anti-tomato girl is dying to try a recipe with full slices of tomatoes. The picture she took of the dish just looks so appetizing that I want to eat it immediately! The cheesy goodness isn’t the only thing that attracts me to this dish, though. As a college student and a beginner in the kitchen, a simple but flavorful meal sounds absolutely wonderful.


Who knows, maybe Cathy will turn me into a tomato lover.


Fine Cooking’s Homegrown/Homemade team opened up Season Two of their video series by taking on basil. Check out the videos for tips on keeping your basil fresh and fragrant until you’re ready to tear a few leaves up for use in Cathy’s recipe.


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