By Vina on August 29, 2003
Photo by AbbieReal
Photo by AbbieReal
"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."
Serving Size: 1 (358 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
"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!"
"We loved this! Fresh summer tomatoes and basil combined with lots of garlic made this delicious. I also added some red pepper flakes. My daughter thought it was like bruschetta on pasta. Will make again!"
"Wonderful. I loved it and it was just as good the next day. I did add a few crushed red pepper flakes as suggested. I will make this again and tell all my friends. Thanks for sharing."
"So fresh tasting!"
"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."
"The crushed red pepper flakes is a 'must'. Always use the best fresh grated parmesan cheese (not the bagged pre-shredded) and the ripest tomatoes. Children love it too! Our family enjoys this at least once a week as one of our 'meatless' meals."
"This is such a fresh, delicious and EASY recipe!! I made it for the first time last week - and my family has been begging for it again - so round two tonight! Love it!"
"Yep! 5 stars...this was just like eating out at a restaurant. I used 1/3 cup oil, 4 cloves of garlic, and linguini because that was the pasta I had available. I also used 3 frozed basil cubes, but fresh would have been better. Lastly, I added a splash of good balsamic vinegar towards the end. My husband said "fresh gourmet italian". Thanks for making it easy."
"Yum! A great summer meal. Topped it with grilled chicken."
"So simple, yet so delicious! Wonderfully fresh and easy to make. I only used 8oz of pasta, and it was perfect. I think next time I will add another clove or two of garlic. Recently: I've tried this with about 1/8 cup sundried tomatoes....heavenly!! More recently: I tried a variation on this where I add about 1/4 c balsamic vinegar, and it's delish!"
"This was very good and very easy my type of recipe. I did add turkey sausage to the recipe and it was very good. The husband loves to have some sort of meat in every dish we eat."
"With all of the great reviews, I had high hopes for this dish, but I was disappointed. I did use the freshest garden ingredients and still found it very flavorless. If I were to attempt this again, I'd definitely cut back on the pasta by half. My toddler did enjoy it, however."
"I tried cooking this and it was the best. Very light and healthy! My niece loves it!"
"I have had the pasta pomodoro at Olive Garden many times, and this recipe is every bit as good, if not better! I would not change a thing about it. I cut this recipe by half to serve myself and it was still too much for just me. I will most definitely make this again and next time when I am able to share it! Thanks so much, Vina!"
"Brilliant! Very good recipe, very fresh and real! I used Fresh Home Made Egg Fettuccine and the results were delicious. Thank You!"
"Easy, elegant, tasty.......perfect meal with salad. I love pasta, this was delicious."
"THIS IS SOO AMAZING!! SO FRESH TASTING I AGREE ABOUT USING THE FRESHEST ingredients makes all the difference! I only had asiago on hand so i grated that up instead. I also added a touch of the pasta water! A SIMPLE PASTA GREAT FOR THE SUMMER GARDEN A MUST HAVE TO YOUR RECIPE BOX!!!"
"Fantastic and easy best of both worlds. I did add a pinch of red pepper and 4 cloves garlic. Thanks!"
"Oh. This is JUST TDF. I've never been to Olive Garden, but I've had good pomodoro before and this is simply so good. It should be a requirement to only make this in July and August, when tomatoes and basil are fresh from the garden, lol, all those folks posting recipe requests for garden tomatoes need to make this! I added a splash of white wine at the oil and garlic step (my hand may have slipped and a smidge more garlic MAY have fallen in the pan, lol) and added a spoonful of pasta water before I took it off the boil. Thanks so much Vina! "