Who doesn’t love an amazingly delicious and easy pasta dish for dinner? Give this Penne Pomodoro recipe a try for your next family meal.
Pomodoro is a tomato sauce made from fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil. One of our favorite sauces.
We love cooked penne pasta coated in a little bit of butter and then a fresh warm tomato sauce over top. Hand us the cheese and we are in Italian pasta delight!
What is Pomodoro Sauce?
The word Pomodoro means Tomato in Italian. A simple sauce made with fresh tomatoes. Not a lot of ingredients, but this recipe is fresh and tasty. Don’t forget lots of freshly shredded Parmesan cheese.
Typical Ingredients for Penne Pomodoro Sauce:
San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (we added some butter! Yum!)
(Plenty of fresh Parmesan)
Fresh Pasta Recipe served over Penne Pasta
- 12 oz. Penne Pasta
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
- 1 28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 small onion, chopped fine
- 1 teaspoon sugar
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, sauté onions in olive oil for about 6-7 minutes, adding the butter and garlic in the last two minutes.
Add the can of tomatoes to the pan and break up tomatoes using a spatula. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt.
Simmer sauce gently for about 20 minutes. You can cook another 5-10 minutes if desired to thiecken sauce more.
Stir in fresh basil leaves. Serve over Penne pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Cook penne according to package directions, drain and stir 1 additional tablespoon of butter if desired.
Do you want to use fresh tomatoes for this recipe?
If you have the time you can use fresh tomatoes for this tomato based sauce. Roma tomatoes are a good choice for sauce but pick your favorite.
Quick Fresh Tomato Sauce
3 lbs. fresh tomatoes
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop the tomatoes into the water for about 1-2 minutes. Drain and let cool. Carefully peel off the skins using a sharp knife. Core the tomatoes and place in a saucepan with a few shakes of salt. Gently cook the tomatoes for about 30 minutes.
- Remember this recipe when you are visiting your local Farmer’s Market and fresh tomatoes are abundant! tomatoes typically come in season July and August.
Does this Sauce Keep?
This sauce can be also refrigerated in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days or frozen for up to 4 months.
What to serve with this Pasta Recipe?
We like to serve a very simple Caesar salad – Wash your romaine lettuce and drain well. Chop lettuce into small pieces and place in a large resealable bag with dressing. Shake until dressing coats the lettuce. Serve in a bowl with a topping of shredded Parmesan cheese. Add croutons if you have them!