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    Pomodoro Sauce

    This easy Pomodoro Sauce is the perfect solution when you crave Italian, but want to keep it light. It’s thick and smooth, and goes with any of your favorite pasta shapes.

    The beauty here lies in its simplicity. Olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, basil and just a touch of red chili flakes. That’s all you need for this Italian classic…

    This Pomodoro Sauce recipe is a light and simple Italian classic that pairs so well with any of your favorite pasta shapes.

    We love to make our own pasta sauces from scratch. From basic Marinara to rich and meaty Bolognese to vibrant and fresh Pesto, there are so many great ones from Italy.

    Pomodoro, meaning “tomato” in Italian, is one of our favorites in summertime. It’s simple and light, perfect for those sultry days when you don’t want something rich.

    Why We Love this Pomodoro Sauce Recipe

    • Freshness: The use of cherry tomatoes alongside San Marzano tomatoes brings a brightness and freshness that’s unparalleled. It’s like summer in a sauce!
    • Perfect Texture: By blending the sauce, you achieve a silky smooth consistency that clings beautifully to pasta, ensuring every bite is flavorful.
    • Versatility: This sauce isn’t just for pasta! You can use it as a base for pizzas, lasagnas, or even as a dip for bread.
    • Simplicity: Pomodoro is one of the simplest Italian sauces you’ll ever make.
    This Pomodoro Sauce recipe is a light and simple Italian classic that pairs so well with any of your favorite pasta shapes.

    What’s the Difference Between Pomodoro and Marinara?

    Both Pomodoro and Marinara are similar in their base ingredients: tomatoes, olive oil, herbs and garlic. Other ingredients that can find their way into these sauces are onions and red chili flakes.

    The primary difference is the texture. Marinara is somewhat chunky and runny. Pomodoro is smoother with a somewhat creamy texture, which makes it better at adhering to pasta.

    We love them both, but in our opinion Pomodoro is better for mixing with pasta, while Marinara is better at topping pasta.

    Ingredients

    can of san marzano tomatoes
    • Extra virgin olive oil – Good quality.
    • Garlic cloves – Always a must.
    • Red chili flakes – Just a touch.
    • Cherry tomatoes – Brings a fresh and tangy burst.
    • San Marzano tomatoes – The best of the canned tomatoes. Use whole tomatoes, then crush them by hand in a bowl before adding to the sauce.
    • Basil leaves – Fresh.
    • Salt, pepper and sugar – To taste, if necessary.

    Easy Pomodoro Sauce Recipe

    Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and red chili flakes, sauté for one minute.

    Add in halved cherry tomatoes. Cook for 5 minutes.

    cooking the cherry tomatoes

    Add crushed tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

    tomato sauce after simmering

    In the last few minutes, add in basil leaves.

    adding in the basil

    Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.

    Taste and adjust for salt, pepper and sugar.

    sauce after blending

    Serve with your favorite pasta. This sauce is enough for about 12oz pasta.

    How to Serve Pomodoro Sauce

    The classic way to serve Pomodoro sauce is tossed with pasta. Our top picks would be spaghetti, penne or rigatoni, but go with whatever shape you love best.

    It can also be used as the sauce for pizzas, or dishes like Eggplant Parmesan or chicken parm.

    We also love it as a dip for bread or mozzarella sticks.

    This Pomodoro Sauce recipe is a light and simple Italian classic that pairs so well with any of your favorite pasta shapes.

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Tomato Choice: San Marzano tomatoes are recommended for their sweet flavor and low acidity. If you can’t find them, opt for any high-quality canned whole tomatoes.
    • Spice Level: Adjust the red chili flakes according to your heat preference. If you’re not a fan of spice, you can reduce the amount or omit them entirely.
    • Fresh Basil: Using fresh basil is crucial for that authentic Italian flavor. However, if you’re in a pinch, 1-1.5 tsp dried basil can be used.
    • Blending: When transferring the sauce to a blender, ensure the blender isn’t too full to avoid spills. Also, allow for some venting so the steam can escape, or you risk having the lid pop off.
    • Taste Test: Always taste your sauce before serving. The salt and sugar amounts needed (if at all) can vary greatly depending on the tomatoes.

    Leftovers and Storage

    Pomodoro sauce refrigerates well for about 5 days in an airtight container, or can be frozen for about 3 months.

    Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat on stovetop over medium low heat.

    This Pomodoro Sauce recipe is a light and simple Italian classic that pairs so well with any of your favorite pasta shapes.

    The next time you’re craving pasta, try this easy Pomodoro sauce. It’s one of those recipes that highlight just how good simple can be.

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    Pomodoro Sauce

    Yield: 4 servings
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 40 minutes
    Total Time: 45 minutes

    This Pomodoro Sauce recipe is a light and simple Italian classic that pairs so well with any of your favorite pasta shapes.

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
    • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 28oz canned whole San Marzano tomatoes, crushed
    • 10-15 fresh basil leaves
    • salt, to taste
    • pepper, to taste
    • sugar, to taste

    Instructions

    1. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and red chili flakes, sauté for one minute.
    2. Add in halved cherry tomatoes. Cook for 5 minutes.
    3. Add crushed tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and simmer for at least 30 minutes. In the last few minutes, add in basil leaves.
    4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.
    5. Taste and adjust for salt, pepper and sugar.
    6. Serve with your favorite pasta. This sauce is enough for about 12oz pasta.
    Nutrition Information
    Yield 4 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 173Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 0mgSodium 158mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 2g

    Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

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