Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes


Preparation info

  • Serves

    Four to Six

    • Difficulty


Appears in

A Long and Messy Business

A Long and Messy Business

By Rowley Leigh

Published 2018

  • About

A dish as simple as this requires the best ingredients: sweet ripe tomatoes and the best kind of artisan spaghetti with a rough, sandy texture.


  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 750g (1 lb 10oz)


Rub a large earthenware or similar bowl with the cut surface of the garlic clove. Halve or quarter the tomatoes, depending on size and place them in the bowl. Season them well with sea salt and the chilli flakes. Toss the fennel seeds in a dry frying pan over a high heat for a minute until they start to give off a toasty aroma, before grinding them lightly using a mortar with a pestle. Add to t