By Mimi Thorisson - From Old World Italian

May 2021

4 Servings


  • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed and peeled
  • 16 ounces peeled tomatoes, drained
  • Fine sea salt
  • 1 pound fresh tajarin or dried tagliolini
  • A large bunch of fresh basil leaves chopped


  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until lightly golden, about 3 minutes.
  • Crush the tomatoes with your hands as you add them to the saucepan. Stir well and add ½ cup water. Cook for 20 minutes to reduce. Season with salt.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the tajarin to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, return the tomato sauce to medium heat. Reserving a ladle of pasta water, drain the pasta and add it and the reserved pasta water to the sauce. Toss for 20 seconds until coated.
  • Add the chopped basil and serve immediately.