Capellini Pomodoro

Some of the best meals begin by sauteing onions and garlic in a little olive oil and that is how you start this classic tomato sauce and angel hair pasta recipe. As if the onions and garlic aren’t enough, the simple tomato sauce gets a touch of sweetness from basil and a little kick from some crushed red pepper.

Capellini Pomodoro Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 pound dried angel hair pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon salt for pasta water
  • Salt and pepper to taste



Start the pot of water for your noodles according to the package directions.


Meanwhile heat the extra virgin olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Once heated, about a minute or so, add onions, garlic, basil and crushed red pepper. Saute until onions and garlic are slightly soft, about 3 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and salt and pepper, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer while you wait for your noodles to finish.


Once your water starts boiling add a generous (about 1 tablespoon) amount of salt and then add the pasta. Cook until al dente, about 6-8 minutes. Once your noodles have finished cooking, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.


After the noodles have been rinsed, add them to your tomato sauce and stir to combine (Note: Make sure you strain as much water as possible from the noodles before adding them to the sauce). Cook over medium heat until the noodles are warmed through. About 3-5 minutes.



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  • Reply
    June 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Janice- Do you mean made in another pot and then just kept warm in the crock pot? I think that would work fine. There isn’t too much of a sauce so if it is kept low the noodles shouldn’t get soggy. If you are talking about cooking the whole thing in the crock pot I am not sure. I have heard of people cooking pasta in a crock pot but I’ve never tried it.

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    Janice Mawson
    June 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Could this be made and kept warm in a crock pot to serve a large crowd?