Pasta Pomodoro

This easy Italian pasta dish is a family favorite and easy to make at home. It is perfect for an easy weeknight meal or easy entertaining!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keywords pasta pomodoro
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 375 kcal


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves  minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 28- ounce can San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes puréed in a food processor or blender
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Extra basil and Parmesan for garnish


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the puréed tomatoes and season with salt.
  2. Cook the sauce until it starts to thicken, stirring occasionally. This will take about 20 minutes. When the sauce has thickened, stir in the fresh basil.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. **Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and then drain the pasta.**
  4. Place the pasta back in the large pot, add the tomato sauce and hot pasta water. Stir until the sauce coats the pasta. Add butter and Parmesan cheese and toss until butter and cheese are melted. Plate the pasta and garnish with basil and Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Pasta Pomodoro
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 458mg19%
Potassium 420mg12%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 15.1mg18%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.