Pasta Pomodoro

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This Pasta Pomodoro recipe is a simple pasta. The flavors of deliciously fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic come together in a sauce for this quick and easy weeknight meal.

This Pasta Pomodoro recipe is a simple pasta. The flavors of deliciously fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic come together in a sauce for this quick and easy weeknight meal.

Sometimes I have these moments of pure cooking magic, where I’ll start throwing things into a pan and accidentally create a recipe. This is not the case the majority of the time. I’ve definitely had my fair share of recipe creation fails, but once in a while everything just comes together beautifully on the very first try. 

This Pasta Pomodoro recipe is a simple pasta. The flavors of deliciously fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic come together in a sauce for this quick and easy weeknight meal.

During the summer to get my fill of tomatoes while they’re at their peak. There’s something about the tomato/basil combination that is just so delicious. I think that is a fair statement to make on behalf of most people, considering how frequently you see this combination is at most restaurants. Even our local grocery store displays the tomatoes and basil together (with fresh mozzarella in the display as well. Marketing brilliance.).

This Pasta Pomodoro recipe is a simple pasta. The flavors of deliciously fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic come together in a sauce for this quick and easy weeknight meal.

In addition to the tomato and basil, you start the garlic in olive oil to release all those amazingly aromatic flavors. I add the basil at the end along with a generous scoop of Romano Cheese and a sprinkle of Crushed Red Pepper for a nice kick. It’s funny, I come from a background that favors smooth tomato sauces and this is anything but smooth. If you’re looking for a smooth tomato sauce, my family’s Marinara Sauce is pretty darn amazing!

This Pasta Pomodoro recipe is a simple pasta. The flavors of deliciously fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic come together in a sauce for this quick and easy weeknight meal.

This is one of those meals that gets rotated in quite frequently in our home, oftentimes due to J requesting it. There are a lot of avenues to take this recipe. I will sometimes saute some shrimp on the side to add to mine (I’d add them right in, but my picky husband is seafood averse). You could also add grilled chicken. I used to offer the chicken option to Justin but he would always say the dish didn’t need it, which is pretty impressive coming from Mr. Meat-and-potatoes. I will generally serve it along side Texas Toast and if I’m not feeling too lazy, a green salad.

This Pasta Pomodoro recipe is a simple pasta. The flavors of deliciously fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic come together in a sauce for this quick and easy weeknight meal.

Helpful tools:

Garlic press

Large saute pan

Other great pasta related recipes:

Garlic Scape Pesto

Marinara Sauce

Best Ever Skillet Lasagna

Yields 6

Pasta Pomodoro

This Pasta Pomodoro recipe is a simple pasta. The flavors of deliciously fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic come together in a sauce for this quick and easy weeknight meal.

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
  • Olive oil (to cover the bottom of the pan
  • 5-6 good size tomatoes, diced (you could always vary this based on the size of the tomatoes you're working with and how much sauce you like. You could also add a can of diced tomatoes to supplement if you like it a little saucier, or underestimated the amount of tomatoes you needed)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Romano cheese
  • Fresh basil, roughly chopped (or dried is fine too)
  • Spaghetti or angel hair pasta (fresh if you can find it. Any other noodle of your choice works fine too)
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Shrimp or Chicken (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start a large pot of water boiling for your pasta.
  2. Heat your oil over medium high heat. Saute the pressed garlic until golden and fragrant (if it burns wash your pan and start over.
  3. Add diced tomatoes (and caned tomatoes if you're using those).
  4. Season liberally with salt and pepper (if you are a garlic lover you can always throw a little garlic powder in as well).
  5. Let your sauce simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until it cooks down.
  6. Cook pasta when the sauce is getting to the point that it's just about ready (or earlier if it's not fresh pasta).
  7. Add Romano cheese, crushed red pepper and basil to the sauce toward the end of the cooking time.
  8. Drain your pasta and combine it into the sauce in the saute pan (you could combine your shrimp or chicken if you decide to add those at this time as well).
  9. Serve immediately with extra cheese and crushed red pepper on the side. This also reheats very well.
  10. Enjoy!
Cuisine: Italian | Recipe Type: Main
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This Pasta Pomodoro recipe is a simple pasta. The flavors of deliciously fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic come together in a sauce for this quick and easy weeknight meal.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily
    July 31, 2016 at 4:09 pm This type of dish is right up my alley! I love pasta, fresh tomatoes and basil together. Thanks for linking up with our Merry Monday party.
    • Reply
      Jessy
      July 31, 2016 at 9:53 pm Thank you- mine too, such a great combo :)

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