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Pasta Pomodoro is a quick and easy pasta dish that will quickly become a family favorite. This quick pasta sauce is full of tomato flavor. It’s simple, tasty, and total comfort food. 

Pasta Pomodoro on a plate topped with freshly chopped basil

Pomodoro in Italian simply means tomato. This is a simple, tomato pasta that is a classic Italian comfort food dish. Don’t let its simplicity fool you, it’s also full of flavor. It is meant to be a quick red sauce that still retains a lot of fresh flavor rather than the heavier feel of a marinara or a bolognese sauce.

Pro Tip: Use San Marzano style tomatoes in this recipe for best results. This means that the tomatoes come from a very specific region of Italy, or if labeled “style, come from the same type of tomato. Normally canned tomatoes are of the roma variety. San Marzano tomatoes are known for having a bolder tomato flavor and are slightly more sweet.

If you want to use fresh tomatoes in this recipe, you’ll need to peel them. To do so, simply blanch them in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes and then immediately submerge them into ice water. The peel should easily come off.

Pasta Pomodoro in a skillet topped with freshly chopped basil

What is in a pomodoro sauce?

Pomodoro sauce is usually very simple, consisting of little more than tomatoes, olive oil, and a handful of other ingredients to add flavor. It is meant to be a quick, light, and fresh sauce, rather than a heavy tomato based sauce that requires a long simmering time.

What is linguine pomodoro? What is spaghetti pomodoro?

Pomodoro is simply a tomato based sauce. If you call it linguine pomodoro or spaghetti pomodoro, you are simply designating what pasta shape it is being served over.

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Pasta Pomodoro on a plate topped with freshly chopped basil
Pasta Pomodoro is a quick and easy pasta dish that will quickly become a family favorite. This quick pasta sauce is full of tomato flavor. It's simple, tasty, and total comfort food.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
  • 1 28 ounce can peeled whole tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 white onion finely diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Place tomatoes into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in onion and saute 5 to 7 minutes until soft. Add in garlic and red pepper flakes and saute 1 minute more.
  • Pour in tomato puree, season with salt, and bring to a simmer. Simmer 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions, drain.
  • Add pasta to sauce and toss to coat. Add in butter and parmesan and toss until butter is melted.
  • Serve hot topped with basil.


Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta Pomodoro
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May 19, 2020 6:21 pm

5 stars
I cannot believe how many new recipes I have learned from you. And so delicious. AND you make them so easy to follow.
This one is a winner among all,
Thank you , thank you, thank you !!

August 1, 2020 3:11 pm

I earmark and collect hundreds of different recipes – some from world-class chefs. I make all kinds of dishes. But, I always find myself relating to your cooking. I’m Czech by culture. So, your ethnic recipes from Eastern Europe takes me back to eating in my Grandmothers kitchen. You’re terrific.

Carl Triolo
August 9, 2020 9:22 pm

5 stars
This recipe is easy to make and so tasty! I loved it. I left my onion pieces big and didn’t dice them. I liked the spicy taste at the end. Delicious!

Ana Stalnaker
July 11, 2020 1:58 pm

5 stars
I like it very much. I want to continue seeing your recipes. Love to cook healthy.

December 10, 2019 5:33 pm

5 stars
One of my favorite go to week night meals. So delicious and it tastes fresh and light with the basil on top! Perfect meatless meal in under 30 minutes!

December 1, 2019 6:38 pm

This was simple and delicious. My family loved it and it had the right amount of spice. Going in the recipe book for future use .

Marie Connelly
June 18, 2019 8:59 pm

5 stars
Easy, inexpensive & delicious! I hate to cook, but do follow you. I cook one of your recipes, weekly.

dick cutia
March 6, 2019 6:57 pm

Great recipes

November 12, 2018 4:28 pm

Can you make this with rigatoni?

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