Late Harvest Tomato Spaghetti

Ingredients on a chopping board

As September rolled into the mountains and with it chillier evenings and brisk mornings, harvesting the rest of our summer veggies became a real priority. We didn’t want to lose anything in a frost so we rushed in and started plucking everything even remotely ready. I ended up with more tomatoes than I knew what to do with and had I been thinking I would have gotten out the canning instructions and preserved them that way. Instead we ate tomatoes for like four days straight! One evening I decided to try my hand at improvising a light tomato meat sauce for spaghetti. I think it turned out pretty great and the family seemed to really enjoy it as well. I thought I’d share what I did and what I’d change with you just in case you’ve got some tomatoes that need eating!

Ingredients on a chopping board
Carrots, onions and garlic sautéing


  • 6 small carrots or 3 large ones minced
  • 3 small onions or 1 large one minced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 tbs fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 package spaghetti noodles
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.
  2. While the noodles are cooking heat 1 TBS of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the carrots, onions and garlic sautéing until the carrots have softened, the onion is translucent and the garlic fragrant.
  4. Add the ground beef breaking it up with a spoon sauté until all the meat is browned. (Next time I would only do 1 lb and let the tomatoes be the real star of the dish. With two pounds of beef their flavor got a bit buried)
  5. Add the white wine and rosemary and bring to a low simmer. Continue simmer until the flavors meld for about 5 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat off and add the tomatoes, stirring them into the meat sauce until well combined.
  7. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
  8. Add the pasta and the reserved water to the sauce, toss to combine.
  9. Serve warm, and enjoy!
Late harvest tomato spaghetti
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  • Hasan Kart

    Wow, youtube videos, it’s good to see you again. You are so Beautiful.

    September 22, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply
  • Tricia

    Yum! Thank you.
    Took your advice to make it with only 1 pound of meat. Used 1/2 pound ground sirloin and 1/2 pound ground sausage.
    Lovely meal, another great idea from you ♡
    Always, Tricia

    September 22, 2017 at 3:43 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      That sounds delicious! I’m gonna try that next time!

      October 7, 2017 at 8:03 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    Awwwww! I enjoyed the VLOG! Thanks for sharing…….so adorable!

    September 27, 2017 at 1:47 am Reply
  • Eileen

    Love your photos, they make great jigsaw puzzle ideas. Tomatoes are great in meat stews, put in after most ingredients are cooked. Now that it’s cooler weather (thank gawd), soups and stews are the perfect way of eating more veggies. Corn chowder anyone?

    September 30, 2017 at 5:03 pm Reply
  • Christina welch

    I made this for dinner tonight, but we didn’t have fresh tomatoes from the garden. I used cherry tomatoes and the kids loved it. Keep vlogging you did great.

    October 1, 2017 at 8:53 pm Reply
  • Tammy Kriz

    Love how natural you are and that you are sharing a personal side of you and your adorable family. I can’t wait to try the recipe. Keep the cooking videos coming, maybe you will be the next Food Network Star 🙂

    From SW Minnesota with love! Tammy

    October 6, 2017 at 6:44 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    I did make this shortly after you posted. It was delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    October 7, 2017 at 8:37 pm Reply
  • Katrin

    I Really like youre recipes und want more on YouTube to Look! Lots of Love from Germany

    October 8, 2017 at 8:20 am Reply
  • Katriina Eskelinen

    Would you want to give a go to some vegetarian or vegan dishes? 🙂 Hugs from Finland!

    October 9, 2017 at 1:58 am Reply
  • Siri

    I’ve been a huge fan of yours for years and years now! And I follow you on instagram and you and your family look so happy! I loved watching this video, made me feel like we were cooking together! I also like to enjoy a nice adult beverage while I cook! Lots of Love from an American fan!

    October 11, 2017 at 5:37 pm Reply
  • Ana Pinheiro

    I love it! I would like to know what you have in your kitchen, how you organize and how you decorated it. How about making a video showing? I bought my house recently and it’s a blank space. So I’m always looking for inspiration.

    October 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Trisha

    Wow….I love the video Katherine…….and Iam definitely going to try your recipe…..I love tomatoes especially this time of the year…..thx ever so much for sharing and we got to see your sweet baby……Trisha

    October 15, 2017 at 10:30 pm Reply
  • Irma Camp

    Thank you. What terrific ideas. Yay. Fall is finally here!!!

    October 16, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply
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