Michelle Smiles

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Pasta Pomodoro


This dish tastes like summer on a plate. Light and fresh and easy. I bought at Sam’s Club a big package of Roma tomatoes to make salsa but decided to divert some for dinner.

Back when I thought Olive Garden was good Italian food, I would drag my mom there. The only dish she liked was the capellini pomodoro. (She is a food snob of the first order. Love you mom.) When trying to come up with dinner the other night, it was that dish I had in mind. I have to say I was surprised by how wonderful this dish tasted…the ingredients are deceptively simple.

Pasta Pomodoro

Favorite pasta (I use Dreamfield’s almost exclusively and it was a 13.5 oz box…the kids usually eat one of the pastas with added protein and omega-3s)

2 Tbl olive oil

1 medium vidalia onion, diced

4 cloves of garlic, minced (please, use fresh…no jarred stuff and NO garlic salt…a unicorn loses its horn every time you use garlic salt)

1 lb+ Roma tomatoes (err on the plus side of a pound), seeded and finely chopped (seeded means cut the stem out of the top and squeeze them over the sink to get the liquidy gook out…you just want to fruit/flesh of the tomato)

1 tsp sea salt (yes, that is a lot but the tomatoes need it…give the tomatoes some salty love people!)

1 Tbl balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup white wine (you can use 1 Cup broth and skip wine if you wish…but increase the vinegar to provide more acid)

Handful of fresh herbs, chopped finely (I used basil, oregano, and parsley – wish I had had more basil to add)

Red pepper flakes to taste

Freshly grated parmesan or asiago cheese

Cook pasta according to package. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Saute the onion until it starts to brown a little. Throw in the garlic (don’t burn it – burnt garlic is bitter) for a quick minute. Add the tomatoes, salt, vinegar, broth, and wine. Cook 5-7 minutes. You want the tomatoes to retain their red color and some firmness – you don’t want to turn them mushy. Turn off the heat and throw in the fresh herbs (if you insist on using dried, add them with the liquids before cooking because dried herbs need time to soften and marry with the rest of the flavors but this recipe really deserves fresh herbs). Toss the pasta in the pan with the sauce. Top with red pepper flakes to taste and some freshly grated cheese. YUM!

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10 Comments to

“Pasta Pomodoro”

  1. On June 14th, 2010 at 11:35 am Rachael Says:

    Mmmmm…that sounds good. I think I might just make this tonight! My little pot of herbs on the back porch is thriving, so this will be a good use for it. Love your commentary too. That was the best part of the recipe!!

  2. On June 14th, 2010 at 2:06 pm nora Says:

    Oh my goodness! Sounds fabulous!
    And those kiddos you have the pool? So cutie!!!!

  3. On June 14th, 2010 at 4:22 pm Alleen Says:

    I made this tonight and it was yummmmy!! Well, I guess I kinda changed it by adding chicken. I sauteed it with the olive oil, broth, wine garlic and onions and then added the rest of the ingredients. I left out the red pepper flakes since Miss G was eating it.

  4. On June 14th, 2010 at 4:54 pm Stephanie Says:

    A great recipe for summer tomatoes. I’ll add this to the list – it will be great to use fresh cherry tomatoes from our garden this year.

  5. On June 14th, 2010 at 5:02 pm Rachel ~ Southern Fairytale Says:

    That sounds delicious! I LOVE pasta and tomatoes and ONLY fresh garlic 😉

  6. On June 15th, 2010 at 3:34 am April Harris Says:

    Your pasta pomodoro looks lovely – there is nothing like pasta made with good, fresh ingredients like that!

  7. On June 15th, 2010 at 8:01 am Julie P Says:

    I think maybe you have a future career in food photography. Seriously – I want to go buy all of the ingredients and make this tonight!

  8. On June 15th, 2010 at 8:03 am Burgh Baby Says:

    Where were you with this recipe last night? HUH? 😉

  9. On June 15th, 2010 at 7:46 pm Debra Says:

    I think you need a bigger pool, one that the will fit one hot momma! I will have to try the pasta dish it looks real yummy. I wish Alexis would eat tomatoes like other children.

  10. On June 17th, 2010 at 9:08 pm Martha Says:

    I say get in that pool too! Just to get wet, then it will be bearable…seriously.

    I live in Jacksonville Florida and I can’t be out in the heat unless I am wet from the pool or in the pool. Thats just how it is down here in the south.

    (we hit 100 degrees two days in a row this week!)