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Basic Parmesan Pomodoro

This basic parmesan pomodoro is my go-to pomodoro recipe! It gets so much flavor from simmering away with basil, garlic, a carrot and a Parmigiano rind. The rind is the secret here - it takes the sauce to the next level! I always save my rinds from Parmigiano and stick them in the freezer for when I make this recipe.

The other secret to why this recipe is so delicious is the tomatoes. I love a sweet, vibrant tomato sauce, and canned cherry tomatoes - aka, Pomodorini - are the best for that. They're much sweeter than other varieties of canned tomatoes! That said, you can make this sauce with San Marzano tomatoes as well - the resulting sauce may not be quite as sweet, but it will be just as tasty.

Parmesan Pomodoro

Basic Parmesan Pomodoro


Main Course

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

50 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  1. As seen on: Giada in Italy, Episode 8. Favorites From Italy.
  2. Heat a medium nonreactive saucepan over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and the garlic and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the garlic for 5 minutes, stirring often and mashing gently with a wooden spoon, until golden brown and beginning to soften. Add the cherry tomatoes and their juices, the basil, carrot and the parmesan rinds. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Bring to a simmer and adjust the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook for 35 minutes stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Season the sauce with the salt. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
  3. Remove the rinds, carrot and the basil. At this point you can use an immersion blender to puree slightly or leave it as a chunky sauce.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta 2 minutes less than the package directions. Meanwhile, rewarm the sauce in a large, straight-sided skillet over medium heat. Using a spider, strain the pasta from the water and add directly into the pan with sauce. Before stirring, sprinkle the pasta with the 1/2 cup of grated parmesan. Toss the pasta, cheese and sauce together. Add the butter, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 cup of pasta water and continue to cook until the sauce is creamy and the pasta is al dente.
  5. Serve topped with more cheese if desired.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
62 grams
14 grams
21 grams
Saturated Fat
7 grams
22 milligrams
578 milligrams
3 grams
3 grams
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5 reviews & comments

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    Tammy Muto

    Excellent AND easy! Winning combination!

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    Angela Gibb

    I’ve got a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes… can i use them in place of the canned pomodorini? (i know these are peeled…). Thanks!

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    R Warrington

    Our go-to pomodoro. Truly the best recipe.

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    Norah Alberts

    One of my families favorite pasta dishes. So simple and delicious.

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    Andrew McKevitt

    Really simple but very tasty sauce which coats the pasta beautifully and enjoyed by my 7yr old and her 78yr old Grandma

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