Capellini Pomodoro

Angel hair pasta capellini pomodoro

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

  • Total: 27 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
739 Calories
27g Fat
102g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 739
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 442mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 102g 37%
Dietary Fiber 19g 69%
Protein 31g
Calcium 1128mg 87%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe of angel hair pasta with tomatoes and basil is purported to be similar to the one served at Olive Garden restaurants. Many readers agree that this is very similar—if not an exact clone—to the famous restaurant dish. One reader suggests a little balsamic vinegar in the sauce. See the tips and variations section for that tip and some additional ingredients and substitutions.

Capellini is angel hair pasta (literal translation: little hairs), and Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato. 

You can use canned tomatoes in the dish, but it is fantastic with fresh garden tomatoes. If you are lucky enough to have a garden with an abundance of fresh tomatoes and basil, this recipe is an excellent choice.


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  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes (or about 2 pounds fresh peeled and diced tomatoes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 12 ounces angel hair pasta (capellini)
  • 2 cups chopped basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Capellini pomodoro ingredients
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  2. 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.

    Garlic and oil
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  3. Add tomatoes, pepper, and salt and heat through, stirring constantly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

    Add tomatoes in to sauce
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  4. Meanwhile, cook the angel hair pasta in salted boiling water following the package directions. Drain well.

    Cook angel hair pasta
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  5. Transfer the hot, drained pasta to a large serving bowl. Toss the pasta gently with tomato mixture, the fresh chopped basil, and half of the Parmesan cheese.

    Transfer pasta to bowl
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  6. Serve immediately and offer the remaining Parmesan cheese at the table.

    Angel hair capellini pomodoro
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  7. Enjoy!


Recipe Variations

  • According to a former Olive Garden staff member, the real dish has a little balsamic vinegar. She adds 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to the tomato sauce, but feel free to experiment with the amount. She also recommends fresh asiago cheese or buffalo mozzarella.
  • For a low carb option, substitute cooked spaghetti squash for the angel hair pasta. Zucchini or summer squash "pasta" is another option.
  • Crumbled cooked pancetta, ham, or bacon would also make a nice protein for this dish. Toss it with the tomato sauce or sprinkle some over each serving.