Looking for a quick and easy pasta dish that your whole family will love? Look no further than Pasta Pomodoro! This classic Italian comfort food dish is a simple tomato pasta that packs a flavorful punch. The name “Pomodoro” comes from the Italian word for tomato, and this dish is all about highlighting the natural sweetness and bold flavor of San Marzano-style tomatoes.
To make this dish, you’ll need just a few basic ingredients, including canned peeled whole tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, a white onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, spaghetti, butter, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and chopped fresh basil. Begin by pureeing the tomatoes in a blender or food processor until smooth, and set them aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil and saute the onion until it’s soft and translucent. Add in the garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute for another minute. Pour in the tomato puree, season with salt, and bring to a simmer. Let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes, while you cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water according to the package directions. Drain the spaghetti and add it to the sauce, tossing to coat. Add in the butter and Parmesan cheese, and toss until the butter is melted and the cheese is melted and gooey.
Serve this comforting pasta hot, topped with freshly chopped basil for a bright and refreshing finish. And don’t worry if you have leftovers – simply store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, and reheat in a skillet on the stovetop with a little oil until warmed through. This dish is simple, delicious, and perfect for any night of the week!
- 1 (28 oz) can peeled whole tomatoes
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 white onion, finely diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- Puree the peeled whole tomatoes in a blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside.
- Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the finely diced white onion and saute for 5-7 minutes, or until soft.
- Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes to the skillet, and saute for an additional minute.
- Pour the tomato puree into the skillet, season with salt, and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to the package directions in a pot of boiling salted water. Drain the spaghetti.
- Add the cooked spaghetti to the sauce and toss to coat.
- Add the butter and grated Parmesan cheese to the skillet with the spaghetti and sauce, and toss until the butter is melted and the cheese is melted and gooey.
- Serve the hot pasta topped with chopped fresh basil.
Enjoy your quick and easy Pasta Pomodoro!