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Easy Pomodoro Sauce For One

This wonderful Pomodoro Sauce is made with just a few simple ingredients and can be ready in 20 minutes! This easy tomato sauce is made with tomatoes, garlic, and spices and is perfect served with pasta or chicken.

A bowl of pasta topped with tomato sauce plated on a metal tray with a glass of red wine

This Pomodoro Sauce recipe is one that every home cook should have. Pomodoro sauce is basically a flavorful Italian tomato sauce made with garlic, tomatoes, and spices. It is typically served with pasta.

Why This Recipe Works

The ingredient list is short, the sauce comes together quickly, and this delightful tomato sauce can elevate a simple bowl of pasta any day.

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You can certainly make pomodoro sauce with fresh tomatoes but I love using canned tomatoes because I always seem to have a can in my pantry. Using canned is convenient and enables me to be able to make the sauce quickly.

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Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Canned tomatoes: Use 1 (14.5-ounce to 15-ounce) can of whole tomatoes.
  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil in this pomodoro sauce recipe as well as in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It's my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use a lighter olive oil instead.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic adds a lot of flavor to the sauce.
  • Seasonings: Dried basil, salt, and black pepper.
  • Honey: Use just 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey. This will not make the sauce sweet, honey helps to balance the tomato acidity.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Begin by pouring a can of tomatoes with juices in a blender and pulse to form a coarse purée.
  2. Heat a little oil in a medium-sized saucepan and cook minced garlic until it begins to brown.
  3. Add in the tomato purée and season with a little dried basil and a touch of salt.
  4. Finally, stir in a little bit of honey to cut the acidity of the tomatoes.
  5. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until slightly thickened.

Not much can beat a big pot of tomato sauce simmering for hours on the stove. The aroma that fills your kitchen is amazing. But when you want a quick sauce to serve with your pasta, this easy pomodoro sauce recipe is ideal.

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Expert Tips

  • Pomodoro sauce is not traditionally spicy but you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes if you would like yours to have a little kick.
  • Feel free to use fresh basil, if desired. Just tear a few basil leaves with your fingers and add them to the sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Difference Between Pomodoro Sauce and Marinara?

Both sauces are very similar. Traditionally Marinara sauce is simmered on the stove for a longer period of time and Pomodoro sauce cooks very quickly and has a simple ingredient list.

How Do I Store Pomodoro Sauce?

Store Pomodoro sauce covered in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Can I Freeze Pomodoro Sauce?

Yes, this sauce freezes well. Store covered in the freezer for up to 3 months. You might even consider doubling this recipe to make extra to freeze and use later.

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Pomodoro Sauce For One | One Dish Kitchen

Pomodoro Sauce Recipe For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Salt
Keywords: pomodoro sauce, sauce, tomato sauce
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 14.5-ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey , or more to taste

Instructions

  • Begin by pouring the can of tomatoes with juices in a blender and pulse to form a coarse purée.
  • Heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan set to medium-high heat. Cook minced garlic until it begins to brown, 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the tomato purée and season with the dried basil, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir in the honey.
  • Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings and honey as desired.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Pomodoro sauce is not traditionally spicy but you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes if you would like yours to have a little kick.
  • Feel free to use fresh basil, if desired. Just tear a few basil leaves with your fingers and add them to the sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 1163mg | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Iron: 0.2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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9 thoughts on “Easy Pomodoro Sauce For One”

    1. Hi Ann,

      Thanks so much for reaching out. The Pomodoro Sauce recipe is made on the stovetop, not in the microwave 🙂

      Joanie

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for explaining what is pomodolo sauce I would have no clue. I love Italian food and often make Tomato sauce from scratch. I will try this next time 😀 Thank you!

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