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Creamy Pomodoro Sauce Recipe

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This Pomodoro Sauce Recipe is deliciously creamy and zesty. Made in under 20 minutes, you can have a homemade pasta sauce ready in the time it takes to cook the pasta. It is incredibly tasty and satisfying!

creamy pomodoro sauce with pasta on platter

Skip the jarred pasta sauce! This pomodoro sauce recipe is simple to make. And it is so much better when homemade!

This version is one of my favorite easy to make pasta sauces. Cooked with real ingredients and made creamy with a bit of heavy cream and fresh shredded parmigiano cheese.

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What is the Difference Between Pomodoro vs Marinara Sauce?

The main differences are in the texture of the sauce. A pomodoro sauce is usually thicker and a bit smoother.

And a marinara is thinner, a bit more runny, and chunkier.

The texture of this pomodoro sauce is creamy and smooth. Almost velvety. The tomatoes are cooked whole so there is a bit of a chunky element to the sauce.

close up image of creamy Pomodoro sauce over penne pasta

How to Make this Pomodoro Sauce Recipe – step by step

With a few simple ingredients, dinner can be on the table in about 20 minutes!

  1. Start with sautéing the onion and garlic in heated olive oil. Cook until translucent.
  2. Mix in the tomato paste.
  3. Add the salt & Italian seasoning.
  4. Add the fresh mini tomatoes (whole). Cook until soft.
  5. Stir in the freshly grated parmigiano cheese & heavy cream.
  6. Serve over your favorite pasta.
Creamy Pomodoro Sauce Recipe
Yield: Makes 6

Creamy Pomodoro Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This creamy and delicious pomodoro sauce is easy to make with a few simple and flavorful ingredients. Have dinner on the table in about 20 minutes!


  • 1/2 cup quality extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Primal Palate Amore seasoning (see note)
  • 2 cups of mini heirloom tomatoes (see note)
  • 1/2 cup fresh shredded parmigiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound cooked & drained pasta


    1. In a large pot, bring pasta water to a boil and cook according to package instructions. Don't forget to salt the water.
    2. In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil over medium heat. Chop up the garlic and onion, finely and evenly. Add to the olive oil and cook until soft and translucent
    3. When the onions are cooked, stir in the tomato paste, salt, and Amore seasoning. Combine the tomato paste well. However, it is normal for it to look like it is separated from the oil.
    4. Add the whole mini tomatoes and cook until they become soft. Once soft, use the back of a wooden spoon and gently press on the tomatoes.
    5. Stir in the parmigiano cheese to slightly melt. Then stir in the heavy cream.
    6. Allow all of the ingredients to simmer for about 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
    7. Serve over cooked pasta. I used penne for this recipe but any works well.


Note about the seasoning. I love the flavor of the Primal Palate Italian seasoning "Amore". If you don't have access to it, replace it with your preferred Italian seasoning.

For the tomatoes, I used a variety that is called "midget". They are slightly smaller than a cherry tomato. Cherry tomatoes will also work well for this sauce. It is preferred to use heirloom or organic tomatoes that are full of flavor.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 417Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 32mgSodium 588mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 10g

The nutritional information above is computer generated and only an estimate. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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Robin V

Thursday 30th of January 2020

Made this with a few tweaks just for lack of available ingredients in my pantry at the time.. but, still turned out to be SO GOOD. I just didn't have the Amore seasoning (just threw together a DIY Italian seasoning) and all I had was grape tomatoes.

Mary Woita

Friday 31st of January 2020

Thank you so much for sharing, Robin! I am really glad that you enjoyed this recipe! :D

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