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Spaghetti Pomodoro

Serve this quick-cook sauce over your favorite pasta with a dusting of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.From the book "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

  • Servings: 6
Spaghetti Pomodoro

Source: Mad Hungry, November 2010


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 28-ounce can best-quality whole tomatoes, lightly pulsed in a blender
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Small pinch of sugar
  • 1 sprig fresh basil
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.

  2. Place the olive oil and garlic in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Swirl the pan to coat the garlic with oil and heat until garlic sizzles but doesn't brown, about 30 seconds. Add the red pepper flakes and stir. Add the tomatoes, salt, black pepper, and sugar and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for at least 20 minutes but no more than 30. Add the basil for last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove the basil before serving.

  3. Meanwhile, with 10 minutes to spare before the sauce is done, generously salt the boiling water. Add the pasta and cook until tender but slightly firm. Set the timer for 2 minutes less than the package instructions specify and taste for doneness. Drain the pasta and transfer it to a serving bowl. Toss with 1/2 cup of the sauce. For each serving, spoon on a little extra sauce, grated Parmesan cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper on top of the pasta.

Reviews (12)

  • blakeybear 13 Jan, 2014

    I love this recipe. I probably make it a few times a month. I always use San Marzano canned tomatoes from a local speciality grocery store, but I also change it a bit - I add some julienned white onions, sliced cherry tomatoes and a little bit of heavy cream before I let simmer. It is delicious, fresh and my favorite easy spaghettic recipe.

  • robertsss 11 Aug, 2013

    Delicious and quick...have made other recipes before but this one is the best Pomodero

  • Heather Hernandez 5 Jul, 2012

    This recipe is wonderful. I have made numerous marinara sauces throughout the years and this is the best quickly prepared sauce that I have come across so far.

  • Marisabel Viso 8 Jun, 2012

    spagetti pomodoro

  • Stephaniegaa 17 Aug, 2011

    Love love love this recipe! One question I have is, what if I want to use fresh tomatoes? I currently have an abundance of Roma and round variety tomatoes from the garden and would like to use them in this recipe. I have canned some tomatoes, but was wondering if I could skip the canning and make the sauce from the tomatoes. Just blanch, peel and core the tomatoes? Any suggestions?

  • RachelLB 30 May, 2011

    This marinara sauce turns out perfect every time. My son is the pickiest eater in the world, especially about marinara, & he loves this recipe. Better than any store bought sauce!

  • redsoxmom 11 Apr, 2011

    Fresh tasting. We loved it!

  • Stealth52 10 Apr, 2011

    My family loved this, wife, kids, mother-in-law, etc.

  • SantaR 3 Feb, 2011

    I tried this and it was so good, will make this one again.

  • cupcakesgm 2 Dec, 2010

    That's what I thought, but just wanted to double check, thank you !!!!

  • Magic Chef 13 Nov, 2010

    looks like she used Muir Glenn tomatoes

  • cupcakesgm 10 Nov, 2010

    I was wondering what brand of tomatoes Lucinda uses on the show? I love this show!!!

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