|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 26g||33%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||32%|
|Total Carbohydrate 34g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 15mg||74%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This filling, simple recipe for angel hair pasta with a fresh tomato basil sauce, known as Capellini Pomodoro, is purported to be similar to the one served at the Olive Garden chain of restaurants. Many agree that this take on the classic Italian dish is very similar—if not an exact clone—to the famous restaurant's version. But no matter the origin and similarity in flavor to other pasta dishes, this easy pasta meal is a great weeknight dinner for busy families. It's ready in less than 30 minutes, and the ingredients could be sitting in your cupboard right now. The thin texture of the pasta is the perfect accompaniment to the fruity, fragrant sauce, while a handful of tangy and salty Parmesan tops the dish.
Capellini ("little hairs" in Italian) and angel hair pasta are similar products but are sold under different names. The first is, obviously, of Italian origin, and the latter is the English denomination for it. The thickness of the pasta is also similar, with the angel hair slightly thinner. For our recipe, you could use either one.
This dish is wonderful with a side of garlic bread and a tossed salad.
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1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
12 ounces angel hair pasta, or capellini
2 loosely packed cups basil leaves, chopped
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet or saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, or until tender and fragrant.
Add tomatoes, salt, and pepper to taste and heat through, stirring constantly, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Bring a tall pasta pot filled with water to a rapid boil. Salt generously.
Cook the angel hair pasta following the package directions. Drain well.
Transfer the hot, drained pasta to a large serving bowl. Top with the tomato sauce, chopped basil, and Parmesan.
Gently toss the pasta so it can soak up the sauce.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
- You can substitute spaghetti squash for the angel hair pasta. One of the easiest ways to cook spaghetti squash is in the microwave oven. The slow cooker or pressure cooker are two other easy ways.
- The recipe calls for canned tomatoes, but use fresh tomatoes if you have some at hand.
- Serve the finished pasta with grilled eggplant, zucchini, shrimp, or chicken.
Flavorful Additions and Substitutions
This is a very forgiving recipe, but also a simple-enough preparation for other ingredients and additions to find a place:
- Replace the canned tomatoes with 2 pounds fresh, peeled, and diced tomatoes.
- Add 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to the tomato sauce. The vinegar brightens up the overall flavor of the sauce.
- Add a pinch of sugar to the tomato sauce while cooking. The sugar reduces the acidity of the tomatoes, so a pinch is a good start, but depending on the type of tomato you are using you might find that a little more than a pinch makes a real and flavorful difference.
- Use a blend of dried herbs to add to the sauce: thyme, sage, oregano, marjoram, parsley, and rosemary are great additions.
- Sautee 1 cup of white mushrooms in some olive oil. Once they're cooked and browned, add into the tomato sauce.
- Use Asiago cheese or cubed mozzarella di buffala; the creaminess of these cheeses complements the fresh tomato sauce.
- Add 1 teaspoon of chopped chili flakes into the tomato mixture for a spicy version of the Pomodoro sauce.
- Substitute cooked spaghetti squash for the angel hair pasta. Zucchini or summer squash "pasta" is another option for a low-carb meal.
- Add 1/4 cup of cooked pancetta, ham, or bacon into the tomato sauce to add some flavor and fat.