Fresh Tomato Pomodoro Sauce

When I get food cravings, I’d say 75% of the time it’s for this sauce. The freshness, the garlic, the flavour, is just unbeatable. And when you match it with some good quality Italian pasta or even fresh pasta for that matter, you’re batting a thousand. Add this into the mix for Meatless Monday, and you’ll be the most popular kid at the dinner table. 🙂

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Fresh Tomato Pomodoro Sauce

Serves 4


  • 2 Tbsp good quality EVOO
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 vine-ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, removed from stems
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 1 tsp agave syrup or honey, optional
  • Coarse salt & freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 lb. good quality fettuccine or spaghetti, cooked to al dente


In a large sauteuse, heat EVOO on medium heat. When the oil is hot add in the mirepoix – onions, shallots, garlic, celery, carrots. Sauté for a couple minutes until fragrant and translucent. Add in the tomatoes, and a pinch of salt, and cook for another few minutes. When the tomatoes have broken down and released their liquid, add in the thyme leaves. Transfer to a blender or food processor, and pulse to your preferred consistency. I like mine a little chunkier than some. Return the sauce to the pan, and place over low heat. Taste, and adjust seasoning with some more salt and freshly cracked black pepper. If you’re making this sauce in the winter, you will most likely want to add a little honey or agave syrup to sweeten up the tomatoes. Add the basil chiffonade, and toss in the cooked pasta. Using a good pair of tongs, toss the sauce with the pasta until thoroughly coated. Add in a little pasta water, if the sauce is too thick.

Top with a few baby basil leaves, a fresh grating of Parmagiano Reggiano, a final crack of black pepper, and a little drizzle of finishing oil. Dig. IN.

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Ally Taylor

Ally Taylor is a food writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Through her All in Moderation blog, she aims to promote a healthy gourmet lifestyle for the 9-5’er. Learn more about Ally or follow her on Twitter @allinmod or Instagram @ally_in_moderation

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