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Pasta Pomodoro Recipe
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Pasta Pomodoro
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  • READY IN 30 mins

Pasta Pomodoro

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"Easy and light pasta with tomatoes and garlic. Cooked chicken breast chunks or shrimp can also be added to sauce for a great main dish!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Pour olive oil in a large deep skillet over high-heat. Saute onions and garlic until lightly browned. Reduce heat to medium-high and add tomatoes, vinegar and chicken broth; simmer for about 8 minutes.
  3. Stir in red pepper, black pepper, basil and cooked pasta, tossing thoroughly with sauce. Simmer for about 5 more minutes and serve topped with grated cheese.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 07, 2008

Absolutely awesome! I honestly wouldn't bother making this recipe if I didn't have fresh tomatoes. I don't think canned tomatoes would do this justice. If your grocery store/sam's club/costco sells them, I would only use Campari tomatoes and they carry these all year long so you can enjoy this amazing "summer-like" dish even in January as I did! I used 16 oz of spaghetti, 2.5 cups diced fresh tomatoes, 1/8 cup of olive oil, 5 small shallot (instead of onions) and 8 cloves of garlic. I also increased the balsamic vinegar to 3 T (because we LOVE it!) and used a 1/2 cup of dry white wine in place of the chicken broth. I added a pound of shrimp (which I cooked in this sauce as it simmered) because my husband doesn't feel pasta without some form of meat and seafood is truly a meal. I think it would be just as good without the shrimp but the shrimp didn't detract from it at all. Fresh Parmesan is a must for this recipe. My 3.5 year old and my 21 month old DEVOURED this recipe! 4 thumbs up from us!! DELISH!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 05, 2012

What a disappointment! After all the prep time, it was a waste of groceries.

Nov 06, 2006

Very yummy and light. I used 1/2 chk broth and half white wine. Also used a can of diced tomatoes with italian seasonings as other suggested. I halved the amount of pasta stated. Put the cracked black pepper and crused red pepper on the table so each person can add it to their personal preference!

May 18, 2007

I somewhat doubled the sauce and only used one box of angel hair pasta because I like everything I eat to be very saucy. With the changes I made it came out more the way I like it. I used 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/2 onion, 8 coves garlic, 5 cups chopped fresh roma tomatoes, 3 T balsamic vinegar, 4 cups broth, 2 T fresh basil, and added 1/2 cup cabernet sauvignon and some sea salt. I think it could've used a little more wine and maybe a touch more sea salt. The balsamic vinegar gives it a really good flavor. It's a very light, fresh-tasing dish. Thanks for the recipe!

Jun 30, 2006

Oh my goodness! This is so simple and so delicious! I thought it would be bland because of the few ingredients, but I was so wrong. I followed the recipe, but I also took into consideration the other reviews. As stated, the original recipe requires way too much pasta. I completely omitted the chicken broth due to concerns of too much liquid. Instead I used a bouillon cube and it easily dissolved in the juice released by the tomatoes. I also added shrimp as suggested by the submitter of this recipe. I don't think I needed the cheese really because this flavor really stands out on its own.

Jul 29, 2010

Absolutley delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe. So easy to make and the flavors of the ingredients were so complimentary of each other. The only change I made was that instead of using canned chicken broth I made my own using Better than Boullion. I made as a side dish for dinner but am looking forward to serving it with grilled shrimp or chicken soon for a main course. I will definitely make this recipe again and again!! I also found that this recipe is delicous served cold, especially after allowing the flavors to "marry" overnight. I almost prefer it cold now as to serving it warm, especially during warm summer evenings!

Jun 18, 2008

This was wonderful & different. I sauteed 2 chicken breasts with the garlic & onions, and also added a sliced zucchini. I used about 1/2 the amount of pasta called for (I used linguini - all I had on hand), and used 1/2 chicken broth & 1/2 white wine. Light, fresh and perfect for summer! Will be making again, thanks for sharing.

Dec 04, 2007

I guess since I just finished my 3rd helping; this gets a hearty 2 thumbs up from me!! What a great simple weeknight meal w/ingredients readily on hand. This will def become a staple at our house. I followed the recipe pretty much, except I didn't measure the onion (1/2 of a container of pre-diced), used a little more bottled minced garlic than called for, and used 2 cans of diced tomatoes (liquid drained). Next time I will probably use a little less than a full can of chicken broth and slightly less vinegar. I might try adding some spinach for some extra nutrients. Thanks! UPDATE: I made using baby spinach leaves (let them wilt in simmering mixture towards the end of simmer time) and it was a great way to make the dish a little more nutrient-dense. Thanks, again, for a great weeknight meal in under 10 minutes!


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  • Calories
  • 500 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 69.7 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 18.3 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 5.4 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 16.2 g
  • 32%
  • Sodium
  • 350 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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