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A bowl of pasta and tomato sauce with a fork inside the bowl and basil on top.

Penne Pomodoro

Planted in the Kitchen
This classic Italian dish is made using fresh and flavorful ingredients and is made in just twenty minutes!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 267 kcal


  • Immersion blender Can use a traditional blender, see notes below


  • 2 cups San Marzano tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ pound penne pasta


  • Start by cooking the pasta according to package instructions.
  • Wash and prep ingredients according to ingredient list.
  • Combine the olive oil and garlic in a medium sauce pan and cook over medium/low heat for about two minutes or until the garlic becomes fragrant. Be careful not to let the garlic burn.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, and salt to the pan. Stir and continue to cook for about 5 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to blend the sauce until it becomes thick and smooth. See notes below if you do not have an immersion blender.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain it and combine it in the pan with the sauce. Toss it until well coated in the sauce. Garnish with additional basil if desired. Allow to cool slightly before enjoying.


You can use peeled, whole, or diced tomatoes, just be sure that you are using San Marzano tomatoes. 
If you don't have an immersion blender: allow the sauce to cool almost completely, transfer it to a traditional blender, vent the lid slightly to allow any extra heat to escape. Blend and transfer back the sauce pan. 


Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 40.6gProtein: 8.6gFat: 8.7gSaturated Fat: 1.3gSodium: 323mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 5.7gCalcium: 40mgIron: 3mg
Keyword easy homemade pasta sauce, penne pomodoro, penne pomodoro pasta, pomodoro sauce, simple pasta sauce
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