Mamma’s Spaghetti Pomodoro

In honor of World Pasta Day 2017, Chef Bruno Serato, author of the new book, “The Power of Pasta: A Celebrity Chef’s Mission to Feed America’s Hungry Children,” shares a favorite recipe.











1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 pound peeled tomatoes

1 quart tomato sauce

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

2 tablespoons Kosher salt

1 pound spaghetti pasta


  1. Place oil, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, regular salt, and pepper in a medium hot skillet and bring it to the boiling point. Turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. At the last minute stir in the basil and parsley.


  1. For the pasta, bring 5 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 2 tablespoons kosher salt. Add 1 pound of spaghetti or other pasta and cook until barely al dente.


  1. Drain pasta and place on a serving dish. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.