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    Better Than Olive Garden Pasta Pomodoro

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    11 mins

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    6 mins

    Vina's Note:

    I have always loved Olive Garden's Pomodoro. This is what I came up with when I experimented at home. This does not heat up your kitchen and is a light supper dish for those hot summer evenings. If you like spice, add some crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Just don't use anything but the freshest ingredients--you'll end up with something that tastes pasty/chemical/bitter/etc.

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    1. 1
      Heat olive oil over high heat and add garlic; saute for 30 seconds.
    2. 2
      Add tomatoes, salt, and pepper.
    3. 3
      Saute for another 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
    4. 4
      Remove from heat.
    5. 5
      Add cooked pasta and chopped basil.
    6. 6
      Toss gently.
    7. 7
      Turn into serving bowl/dish, add 1/2 grated cheese, and toss again.
    8. 8
      Serve immediately and pass the last 2 oz. of grated parmesan.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 08, 2003


      Had this with meow's tortellini and it was terrific. I did add a bit of crushed red pepper and cut back on the olive oil. So fast, so simple, so delicious!

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    • on October 19, 2012


      So fresh tasting!

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    • on August 19, 2012


      I'm a professional baker - but weirdly not an expert cook and I'm not sure what I did wrong but this turned out quite bland for me. My tomatoes wouldnt mix into the pasta and sat on the bottom of the bowl, and I used even more fresh basil than called for and still it was bland. I loved the taste of the fresh pram. cheese. But felt it needed something else.

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    Nutritional Facts for Better Than Olive Garden Pasta Pomodoro

    Serving Size: 1 (358 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1205.3
    Calories from Fat 421
    Total Fat 46.7 g
    Saturated Fat 14.1 g
    Cholesterol 49.9 mg
    Sodium 902.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 148.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.0 g
    Sugars 17.0 g
    Protein 48.5 g

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