One Pot Penne Pomodoro is an easy pasta recipe in a light buttery tomato broth. As the penne cooks it forms it’s own sauce, all in one pot! A pasta pomodoro recipe that’s perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.
There’s a trend happening on Pinterest and I’m hopping on the bandwagon! Just combine uncooked pasta and all the other ingredients in a pot, cook and serve! And so I created my Penne Pomodoro recipe, a pasta that’s flavored in a light buttery tomato broth with garlic, onion and lots of tomatoes. As the penne cooks it forms it’s own sauce, all in one pot, creating a fabulous, quick and light pomodoro penne!
Anytime fresh tomatoes are involved, and the recipe is Italian, you’ve got yourself a pomodoro recipe. And I truly love making this pasta al pomodoro recipe on a warm summer day for several reasons.
- This recipe cooks quickly on the stove top so you’re in and out of the kitchen quickly
- No need to turn on a hot oven
- It cooks up into a light and brothy pasta dish that’s not too heavy for a hot summer evening meal
- It is flavored with fresh plum tomatoes of the season
- Just add a salad and you’re all set
Our Penne Pomodoro pasta is absolutely perfect for Meatless Monday. And actually it’s perfect for any day and rather amazing too! Because, really now, when you can make a one pot pasta penne this quickly, have just one pot to clean and it tastes fabulously delicious, dinner doesn’t get much better than this!
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What is pasta al pomodoro?
In Italian, pomodoro means tomato. Pasta al pomodoro is an Italian recipe when pasta is prepared using fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil and other seasonings to make a pasta dish. This type of pasta recipe is supposed to be quick to make with a light brothy tomato sauce and not a pasta dish with a heavy tomato sauce that could take hours to cook.
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- penne pasta
- plum tomatoes
- canned diced tomatoes
- dried basil
- kosher salt
- Parmesan cheese
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- 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
- 4 plum tomatoes, chopped, 2 cups OR 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes with basil and oregano
- 4 Tbs. butter
- 1 Tbs. chopped garlic, about 4 large cloves
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- shaved Parmesan cheese
- thinly sliced fresh basil leaves , Serving Suggestion
In pot with tall sides, preferably a non-stick pot, combine pasta, chopped tomatoes, water, diced tomatoes with their juices, butter, garlic, basil, kosher salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Boil 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente and a brothy sauce has formed, stirring occasionally.
Serve with shaved Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired.
Makes 4 servings, about 8 cups.