Perfect Pasta Pomodoro
Scott Conant's pasta pomodoro recipe
Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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Scott Conant's pasta pomodoro is like heaven in your mouth. It's a sensory experience that you'll never forget. The only downside is that no other pasta pomodoro will ever taste as good to you. Here, the  executive chef of Impero Caffe in NYC shares his secret for making a sauce that no one will forget. 

Ingredients

  • Pomodoro

    • 5 pounds plum tomatoes, ripe
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
    • ¼ bunch, basil
  • For serving

    • Spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
    • Pomodoro sauce
    • Butter
    • Basil leaves
    • Parmesan cheese
    • Olive oil
    • Chili flakes

Preparation

Remove core of tomatoes.  

Blanch tomatoes and shock in ice water. Remove skin and discard.  Deseed the tomatoes and strain the liquid from the seeds through a fine mesh strainer. Reserve the liquid.  Discard the seeds.

Put peeled tomatoes, juice, and salt a large bowl.  Mix the salt into the tomatoes and set aside.

Place garlic in a saucepot and cover with the olive oil. Cook over very low heat until garlic is golden and soft.  Strain and reserve oil.

In a heavy bottom, large stockpot, add the infused garlic oil and chili flakes.  Turn heat to low for about 2 minutes, slowly blooming the chili flakes.

Add the salted tomatoes and its liquid into the pot and turn heat to medium-high.

Bring to a slight boil and skim foam that rises to the top.

Lower heat to medium low, or until a simmer.  Smash the tomatoes with a potato masher during the cooking.  Cook till reduced by ¼, about 25 -30 minutes or so. Adjust seasoning with kosher salt.

Remove from heat and submerge basil to infuse in the sauce as it cools down.

To serve:

Portion out cooked pasta and top with pomodoro sauce, 2 teaspoons butter, 2 tablespoons parmesan, basil leaves, olive oil and chili flakes.

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