Spicy Pomodoro Sauce

The fresh taste of tomato and basil with heat!

Sometimes it’s the simple sauces that make the best meals. Case in point: spicy pomodoro sauce. It’s the fresh taste of tomato, basil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and garlic (plenty of garlic) and then there’s that kick. A little crushed red pepper turns things up a notch.

Try it with any pasta . You can also add chicken or shrimp to make it into more of a meal. Pomodoro sauce also works very well as a dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, and other fried foods.

spicy pomodoro sauce

Spicy Pomodoro Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Servings 4 people


  • 4 tomatoes medium-sized
  • 1/3 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 15 basil leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  • Heat oil over medium heat in a small saute pan.
  • Add garlic, saute until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  • Add tomatoes, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, stir.
  • Continue to saute tomatoes until they begin to fall apart.
  • Add balsamic vinegar, and heat for 5-8 more minutes until flavors are combined, and tomatoes have become a chunky sauce.
  • Take sauce off of heat and stir in basil and parmesan cheese. Taste, and adjust season.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content.
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