Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Capellini Pomodoro

This bowl of beautiful cherry tomatoes, fresh picked from the garden, talked to me the other night.

"Make us into something delicious, please" they said.
"But what? What can you do with cherry tomatoes, other than throw into a salad?" the Witch wondered.
"Pomodoro" they replied. "Capellini Pomodoro"

Pomodoro, well that's a fresh tomato sauce, so yes! Why not? Cherry tomatoes could very well become pomodoro sauce, after all its supposed to be fresh, light and NOT marinara. When I think pomodoro I think summer garden, fresh herbs, light pasta. Summer garden & its bounty, check! Fresh herbs, check! Light pasta, check! Capellini pomodoro it is!

I added a bit of white wine to enhance the tomatoes tart flavor and chicken stock to extend the sauce while keeping the oil low. A few cloves of garlic makes everything happy and its pastas best friend. In less than 10 minutes, from start to finish, I had a satisfying dinner that everyone enjoyed.

Capellini Pomodoro
Makes 2 servings
1/2 lb cherry tomatoes
1 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c chicken stock
2 T white wine
fresh basil
salt & pepper
1/2 box capellini or angle hair pasta

Quarter the tomatoes and mince the garlic.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling salt it heavily, should taste as salty as sea water, and cook the pasta according to directions.

While pasta cooks make the pomodoro sauce by heating a sautee pan over medium high heat. Add the oil, once its hot add the cherry tomatoes and toss to coat evenly. Add the garlic, stir well and often to avoid burning the garlic.

Add the wine and stock, simmer until reduced by half. Add salt & pepper and basil.

Once pasta is al dente drain and add to the tomato sauce, tossing to coat evenly.

Serve with shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople Recipe calculator
2 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296.3
Total Fat 8.6 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 822.8 mg
Potassium 216.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 47.1 g
Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
Sugars 1.0 g
Protein 8.2 g


Yenta Mary said...

Oh, such beautiful sights ... :)

Jenn said...

Oh my goodness....see what you create when the hubby is away.. mmmmm!!! I made a pomodoro just recently and mine did not look this delicious! Beautiful!!

Katerina said...

Very simple and very tasty. Such a comfort food.

April said...

Simple and yummy, perfect. :)

Design Wine and Dine said...

See! Your food talks to you too! I knew it! This looks beautiful and honestly when it gets right down to there anything better than this? I love the white wine you added to draw out even more of the fresh flavors!

StephenC said...

Peter makes a raw tomato sauce every summer (that's as in not cooking the tomatoes). Tossed with hot pasta it becomes a warm dish, eminently suitable for summer.

Kayla said...

I think I might have figured out what I will be doing with my cherry tomatoes.

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

This is the dish I always order at Olive Garden! I LOVE it :) I tried to make it myself once and it did not turn out very well. I need to try your version!

The Blue Faerie said...

Ooh! I have all that stuff! Too the kitchen!

Chef Bee said...

Yummy! Great dish and I plan on trying it.

Plan B

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Oh beautiful clicks and such a cutie conversation between you and gorgeous tomato :)

Raina said...

Those are some beautiful tomatoes! Fresh tomatoes makes the best sauce. Your dish looks incredibly yummy:)

Anonymous said...

I love this pasta. It is light for the hot weather and uses up those tomatoes.

tasteofbeirut said...


What a delicious and especially light pasta sauce! These days of summer are too warm over here to enjoy anything but something like this!

Monet said...

Such a wonderful and light summer pasta? Are you from the Springs? My husband just moved from C Springs to Austin!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Wow Andrea. Talk about summer in a bowl...and in less than ten minutes! More time to be outside. Thanks for sharing!

Velva said...

Fresh tomatoes with a light pasta really rocks. Nice dish.

Teauna said...

Oh yummy! I have 75 tomato plants in my garden, 15 of which are cherry tomato plants. We have the little things coming out our ears. This is ideal! Thanks for your great idea! Can't wait to try it! And beautiful pics by the way. I need to take lessons:)


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