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When was the last time you had a tasty Tomato-Basil Pasta? A friend shared the recipe about a month ago, and since then, I haven’t cooked another type of pasta.

Hello hello!

It’s your girl again bringing another episode of SARMLife to your screen. Well, before I go on, I hope you’ve been following my posts because if not, hmm, I don’t know what to tell you. Ha-ha!

Anyone close to me knows how much I love pasta, any pasta from Alfredo to fettuccine and so on. But a typical Nigerian like me will most likely know how to cook Jollof-Spaghetti because that’s what I grew up knowing. But over the years, I have learned several versions just because I love to try new things.

So on that note, I have decided to share my new found pasta deli. Are you ready? A friend introduced me to Tomato-Basil pasta about a month ago, and I haven’t cooked another type of pasta since then just because I’ve been “Tomatobasilized” ha-ha. Let’s get started!


  • Serving: 6 servings
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes


  • 16 oz spaghetti·
  • ¼ teaspoon cooking oil/butter·
  • 1 Tomato & Basil pasta sauce (Bertolli brand is my favorite)·
  • 2-3 cups of water·
  • 1 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese (depending on how much you love cheese)·
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt·
  • 1/3 teaspoon pepper·
  • 1 ground meat (beef, pork, or turkey)

N.B: You don’t have to add cheese if you don’t like it. I’ve tried it both ways, and both versions taste amazing.


  1. In a saucepan, add 2-3 cups of water, ¼ teaspoon cooking oil, 1/3 teaspoon salt, and 16 oz spaghetti. Allow cooking under medium heat for 10 minutes. In a frying pan, cook the ground meat under low heat. Preparing both spaghetti and ground meat at the same time takes a total of 10 minutes.
  2. Pour the cooked spaghetti into a clean pot and add the whole Tomato-Basil sauce
  3. Also, add 1/3 teaspoon pepper and cooked ground meat to the pasta and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Let cook for another 5-6 minutes under low heat.
  5. For my cheese lovers, sprinkle shredded cheese of choice on fully cooked pasta and let sit on low heat for 1 minute. You can garnish with parsley if you desire.

Not much work right?

Well, we have come to the end of this week’s edition of WHAT’S COOKING RUTH.

If you decide to try out this recipe, please do not hesitate to send your pictures to me via my email.

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