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Angel Hair Pomodorino with Olive Oil Sauce

Have I mentioned lately that I love tomatoes? Yes? And often, as in, all the time?

Sorry, I just can’t help myself. I’m a fresh tomato addict, and my cherry tomato plants are going all nutso out there in the garden, cranking out truss after truss of red, orange, and yellow baubles. My standard tomatoes are in a cool-weather-ripening holding pattern (i.e., they’re still very green and being stubborn about it), but I can be patient because my cherry tomatoes have picked up the slack.

Angel Hair Pomodorino with Olive Oil Sauce from

Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato, and Pomodorino means cherry tomatoes. I love that word!

Cherry tomatoes are so sweet and flavorful, and whether slow-roasted to a deep caramelization, or lightly and quickly sauteed, as here, they make the most gorgeous topping for pasta. Look at those cheek-pinching cherubs nestled in their sauce!

Angel Hair Pomodorino with Olive Oil Sauce from

The best part of this dish — besides the slurping up of every last drop, of course — is that it’s 20 minutes from cutting board to table.

No kidding. Twenty minutes, nine ingredients (four of them from your pantry) and you’ve got the best version of spaghetti you’ve ever had.

Angel Hair Pomodorino with Olive Oil Sauce from

And as you’re spooning the tomatoes out of the pan, don’t forget to get a big scoop of the amazing olive oil sauce. This recipe makes extra because it’s just soooo good, full of tangy tomato juices and garlicky goodness.

Fresh Angel Hair Pomodorino cooked with shallots, garlic, basil from the garden, and lots of olive oil – an easy and super healthy weeknight meal that I hope your peeps will love!

Karen xo


Angel Hair Pomodorino - 5 ingredients and 30 minutes is all you need for a deliciously simple fresh cherry tomato and pasta dish.
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Angel Hair Pomodorino with Olive Oil Sauce

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Karen Gibson


  • 8 ounces angel hair or fine egg noodles
  • olive oil
  • 1 large shallot sliced into small dice
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 heaping pint cherry tomatoes about 4 dozen tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 10 small basil leaves or 6 large sliced chiffonade
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter optional


  • Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain (without rinsing).
  • While the pasta cooks, add olive oil to a large skillet. The oil should cover the bottom by about 1/8". Heat over medium until the oil shimmers.
  • Add the shallots and garlic, plus a big pinch of salt, to the pan. Saute for 1 minute - the garlic should be very fragrant - and add the tomatoes and another sprinkling of salt. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir gently to coat the tomatoes with the oil. Cover, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. The tomatoes should be plump with their skins just beginning to wrinkle. Juices from the tomatoes will have mixed with the olive oil, and the sauce should be sturdy and flavorful.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Add the basil and butter (if using), stirring gently to distribute the melting butter, but taking care not to squoosh the tomatoes. Season with another big pinch of salt and some black pepper. Taste, and add salt or pepper as necessary.
  • Serve family style by spreading out the pasta on a platter and topping it with the tomatoes and olive oil sauce.
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.

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Carol at Wild Goose Tea

Saturday 6th of September 2014

Wonderfully simple. Wonderfully quick. Wonderfully summer. Downright beautiful. Angel hair is probably my favorite pasta.

Rocky Mountain Woman

Friday 5th of September 2014

I am so making this on the weekend! I'm in the same boat, my big tomatoes are still green but the cherry tomatoes are going nuts!