Pasta al Promodoro

Pasta al Pomodoro is an Italian pasta that is simply prepared with olive oil, tomatoes and basil, unlike other dishes that are heavy on different array of ingredients this is the total opposite as this is intended to be served as a quick and light dish. The name of the dish means tomato pasta, where Pomodoro means “tomato” in Italian.

It is one of the great examples of Italian cuisine, simple but great and to get that proper taste Italian rely on great quality ingredients instead of quantity. When my daughter first tasted this in Venice, this instantly became her favourite pasta and its quite hard to recreate at home due to the ingredients available but this is the nearest one I can do for her and it still tasted awesome.

Pasta al Promodoro
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Serves: 5-6
  • 400 g spaghetti, cook 2 minutes less according to packet instructions
  • 800 g can San Marzano tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more
  • ½ tsp red chilli flakes
  • bunch of fresh basil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • finely grated Parmesan or Pecorino, for garnishing
  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat then sauté garlic and onions, sauté in low heat until onions are soft. Add the chilli flakes then continue to sauté for one more minute.
  2. Add the tomatoes then mash it with your ladle, season with sea salt. Simmer in low heat until thickened this will take around 20 minutes.
  3. Using your hand tear the basil then add it into your sauce, leave some for garnishing. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
  4. Add the pasta to the pan, mix to evenly distribute the sauce. Place on serving platter, season with freshly ground black pepper and finely grated Parmesan, drizzle olive oil then top with basil leaves then serve.



5 Responses

  1. This is a great dish! Only a few ingredients, but SO MUCH flavor! Great way to use all the basil I grow in the summer, too. Thanks!

  2. Yeye says:

    this is the kind of pasta that I really love! Sad is I can’t cook this at home because my parents want their pasta the Filipino Style —- yung manamis namis HAHAHAHAHA

    • Raymund says:

      Paminsan minsan I love the “Manamis namis” but the first time I tried the real ones using San Marzano tomatoes my life changed, it is naturally sweet and pleasantly acidic.

  3. mjskitchen says:

    Thanks for reminding me about this wonderful dish! I ordered it many times at a local Italian restaurant for years, but the restaurant closed down 5 years old and I have missed this dish ever since. Your recipe is perfect!

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