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Pasta with tomato and basil (pasta al pomodoro all'italiana)

One of the most famous pasta recipes in the world is pasta al pomodoro. Spaghetti with tomato, the children's favourite and one of the easiest to prepare. The only secret is to use good quality tomatoes, fresh or preserved, and fresh basil.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: main courses
Cuisine: Italiana
Keyword: basil, garlic, olive oil, pasta, tomato
Servings: 2
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Mia Mattarello

Ingredients

  • Grate or peel tomatoes
  • Brown the garlic clove in a paella pan with 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
  • Remove the garlic and add the tomato
  • Allow the sauce to reduce for about 15 minutes
  • Test and correct for salt if necessary. (If you feel it is too acidic, you can add a little sugar to balance it out)
  • Turn off the heat put the basil in the sauce, stir and leave the paella or saucepan covered for 10 minutes
  • Boil the pasta in plenty of salt water
  • Add the pasta to the sauce when it is almost al dente together with half a ladle of cooking water
  • Sauté the pasta for 30 seconds and serve

Instructions

  • Grate or peel tomatoes
  • Brown the garlic clove in a paella pan with 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
  • Remove the garlic and add the tomato
  • Allow the sauce to reduce for about 15 minutes
  • Test and correct for salt, if necessary. (If you feel it is too acidic, you can add a little sugar to balance it out)
  • Turn off the heat, put the basil in the sauce, stir and leave the paella or saucepan covered for 10 minutes
  • Boil the pasta in plenty of salt water
  • Add the pasta to the sauce when it is almost al dente, together with half a ladle of cooking water
  • Sauté the pasta for 30 seconds and serve