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When we were in Chicago last year, we ate at an Italian restaurant along Navy Pier where I had a Pasta Pomodoro that was different from any other.  The ingredients were fresh and it was such a simple dish that I loved it.  Of course, we don't live in Chicago so I realized if I wanted to have this again I was going to have to try to make something like it. Mission, create my own version of Pasta Pomodoro!  Which is exactly what I did.   This meal is so simple and costs under $5 to make.

Here's what you'll need:

Cindy's Pasta Pomodoro

1 lb angel hair pasta
1 small can tomato paste
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp garlic minced
1 vine ripe tomato, diced
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped


Begin by preparing your ingredients.  Cut up your fresh ingredients while your pasta water is boiling.  In a sautee pan, add olive oil and garlic.  Satuee for about 1 minute.

After preparing your angel hair pasta according to recommended instructions, add it to the sauteed garlic.  Add tomato paste and stir to combine.


Once you have combined the pasta and tomato paste, add the tomatoes and basil. Sprinkle with about 1/2 tsp salt.


Carefully fold the basil and tomatoes into your pasta until they are evenly distributed. Add pasta water if pasta starts to become dry.


Serve with your favorite bread.  Tonight we used the MarketSide "Everything" French loaf of bread I found at Walmart.


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