Spaghetti al Pomodoro - a simple Italian dish for tomato sauce & pasta

Published Friday, Apr 18 2014, 11:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Check out this easy recipe for a simple spaghetti dish that's bursting with flavour and will go down well with the whole family.

Spaghetti al Pomodoro is a classic Italian meal that involves spaghetti and a gorgeous tomato sauce. Better still, the sauce works well with pretty much any type of pasta and is so much tastier then the shop bought variety.

Spaghetti al Pomodoro

© ASK Italian Cook Book


  • 4 tablespoons ASK Italian extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 230g plum tomatoes, de-seeded and quartered
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 500g tomato passata
  • 12 basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 500g De Cecco or other Italian spaghetti
  • 200g buffalo mozzarella, torn into bite size pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 Bring a large pan of salted water to the rolling boil for the pasta.

2 Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the chopped garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the fresh tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes, until they start to soften.

3 Add the tinned tomatoes and the passata with half of the basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Then lower the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

4 Meanwhile cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet. Drain when al dente (this means firm to the bite - or leave it longer if you like your pasta softer) and turn the pasta into a heated bowl. Stir in half of the sauce and mix well.

5 Serve the pasta in individual bowls, topped with a spoonful of the remaining sauce, the torn mozzarella pieces, a drizzle of extra virgin oil and a pinch of chopped basil.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 4-6

Recipe courtesy of the ASK Italian Cookbook, published by Penguin, RRP £10. For more information, head here.

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