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Pasta with Pomodoro Sauce

Pasta with Pomodoro Sauce

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Pasta with Pomodoro SaucePasta, Fast and Easy, Quick Preparation, Vegetarian

Active Time: 20 minutes
Start to Finish: 60 minutes


  • ¼ cup finely sliced fresh basil
  • 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 lb. penne
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil


Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly (do not brown). Stir in pepper, salt, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 7 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; puree in food processor, stir in basil. Serve over pasta.


This is an easy, basic pasta and sauce. You can use it as a side dish with grilled chicken, or cook less penne and use the extra sauce to make veal or chicken parmesan. Or have it on its own. Add a green salad and you're good to go.

If you don't have a food processor, you can puree the sauce in a blender. I like to puree it until the sauce is chunky, instead of completely smooth.

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