The REAL Pomodoro Sauce

Making Pomodoro Sauce on spoon

Pomodoro sauce means tomato sauce. The traditional Italian recipe for a pomodoro tomato sauce is to keep is simple. Using the sweetest tomatoes, simmering to the perfect thickness, adding a touch of salt, the perfect balance of garlic and THAT'S IT!

It can be used as a base for many other tomato sauces by adding other ingredients but pomodoro remains a basic simple sauce that can be used as a pizza sauce or used in Lasagna and other baked pasta dishes as well.

I'm always raving about San Marzano tomatoes. They are claimed to be the sweetest tasting in the world and they can only be called San Marzano when they are grown in the San Marzano region of Italy. That wonderful soil that has the contribution of Mount Vesuvius is the reason why. They are a must in any pasta sauce made with tomatoes. Check out my canned tomato comparison for a list of some of the best canned tomatoes available to you for making the perfect tomato sauce recipe.

Use a 13oz can of crushed San Marzano tomatoes, or a couple depending on how large of a batch you plan on making. Begin by putting them into a blender and blend until smooth on low so you don't create a lot of air. This will assist in creating a smooth consistency once the tomatoes have boiled off all the excess water that is naturally contained in the tomato. Using the following ingredients as well you are ready to make your tomato sauce.

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Olive oil for the pan
  • Salt to taste

Pomodoro Sauce Preparation:

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Sautee' the garlic in a pan with a coat of olive oil at medium heat until tender.

Slowly add the pre-blended San Marzano tomatoes and simmer for about 20 minutes. More if you've made a larger batch.

You'll see the tomatoes start to boil and create a foamy top in your pan. That is the water evaporating and that is how the sauce becomes thicker.

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When you see the pomodoro sauce has a nice thick consistency, one that you would be happy to pour over a plate of freshly made pasta, then you can remove the sauce from the heat.

Sometime the best tasting food is the simplest to make. Just stick to the rule of using good quality ingredients and you're already ahead of the game!

Vivere, Amare, Ridere e Mangiare Bene
Live, Love, Laugh and Eat Well!
Kira Volpi

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