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Four years ago seems like just yesterday. My family and I were fortunate enough to spend time in Italy. We traveled to Rome, the Amalfi coast and Tuscany renting Airbnbs. In Tuscany, we stayed on an olive farm about 20 minutes outside of Florence.
With our own kitchen, complete with sweeping views of vineyards and hills, we frequented the local shops, prepared our own meals, chatted with locals and I perfected homemade pomodoro.
My biggest takeaway from Italian cuisine was that much of it is simply made with quality ingredients.
I’d be hard pressed to say any specific area had the best cuisine, they all have shining attributes, but I would say that I personally created the best meals while we were in Tuscany.
A classic Italian sauce, pomodoro, has its roots in this region and you don’t have to have visited Italy to get authentic Italian food. Bring it home to your table with Imported From Italy foods at ShopRite. Pomodoro literally translates to “tomato” in Italian, so you better bet you need good, quality real Italian tomatoes to make it!
I still find myself preparing Italian meals at least once a week and pomodoro sauce plays a large role. Whether I am using it to make Spaghetti Pomodoro, using it to layer lasagna or as a dip for calamari fritti, it is an easy, all-purpose sauce.
It starts with rich olive oil base. Nearly all incorporate garlic, but only some add onions. I love the aroma of sautéing onions and garlic, so this is a no-brainer for my version.
The next step is adding tomatoes and a hefty dose of fresh basil. This Pomodoro recipe doesn’t simmer long to create a concentrated tomato flavor with brilliant colors and large pieces of tomato. It has a little natural liquid coming from the tomatoes reducing and puree in the can.
The last step is seasoning, which is simply a dash of sugar to balance acidity, freshly ground pepper and a dash of salt to brighten. Toss with your favorite pasta, which is my daughter’s case is “long springs,”also known as long fusilli, and dinner is served.
Ok, not totally, because no meal in Italy would be served without bread or breadsticks with quality olive oil for dipping.
Thanks to ShopRite, I can find all of the elements I need from all over Italy, Cinque Terre to Rome, Tuscany and all the way down to Naples and Sicily. They are quality foods just like you’d buy in the small stores of Italy. Find more authentic Italian recipes at getthesavings.com/tuttoitalino.
Coarse vs Smooth Sauce
I prefer a pomodoro with body and texture, so I choose to leave mine a little chunky. That doesn’t mean some aren’t smooth and velvety (although technically speaking this makes it more of a marinara).
To do this, simply place your whole tomatoes in a food processor and give them a few pulses. Alternately, you can use an immersion blender straight in the saucepan.
Do be mindful that this release natural juices and might require 5-10 extra minutes for the sauce to reduce.
How to Make Pomodoro
Gather your ingredients and make sure they are Imported from Italy at ShopRite.
- Imported Whole Tomatoes in Puree
- Imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Fresh onion
- Fresh garlic
- Fresh basil
- Sugar, salt and pepper
- Imported Pasta of choice
Heat olive oil in saucepan and add onions and garlic. Sauté until they start to soften and are fragrant.
Roughly chop the whole tomatoes, adding to the pan along with any leftover puree. Also stir in freshly chopped basil, sugar, salt and pepper.
Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Sauce should be a little chunky.
Toss with your favorite cooked pasta and top with a fresh grates of fresh Parmesan cheese or other desired toppings. Other favorites include more fresh basil, red pepper flakes or fresh burrata or ricotta cheeses.
More Authentic Italian Recipes:
Easy Pomodoro Sauce
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white onion , chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , minced or pressed
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in puree
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil , minced
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound favorite pasta , cooked to al dente and drained
- Heat the olive oil in saucepan and add the onions and garlic. Sauté until they start to soften and are fragrant.
- Roughly chop the whole tomatoes, adding to the pan along with any leftover puree. Also stir in the basil, sugar, salt and pepper.
- Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Sauce should be a little chunky.
- Toss with your favorite cooked pasta and top with a fresh grates of Fresh Parmesan cheese.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!