Pasta Ponza

Source: Giada De Laurentiis

Snapshot Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Husband’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Will I make again?: This is one of our favorites!

Recipe Difficulty: Very simple.

Time Involved: Quick to prep, but time for the tomatoes to bake.

Occasion: Anytime!

About this Recipe

This Pasta Ponza is a go-to dinner recipe in my house. Giada De Laurentiis was in town several years ago for a cookbook tour, and she mentioned that Pasta Ponza was a “must try” recipe in her book. I went home and made it, and I have loved it ever since. It is a light pasta with a “sauce” made from cherry tomatoes, breadcrumbs, olive oil and cheese.


The main ingredients are pasta, cherry tomatoes, capers, breadcrumbs, olive oil and Romano cheese. View the full recipe here.


This recipe calls for a lot of cherry tomatoes. I usually buy two pints. If you can get heirloom cherry tomatoes, those are good too.

I typically use Rigatoni for this dish because then the capers get inside the noodles, and that is a good thing.

Make sure you don’t forget to save the pasta water because you will definitely need it!

Do also make sure to let the tomatoes and breadcrumbs set for a few minutes (ideally 10 min) after they are cooked.

Final thoughts

I absolutely love this dish, and I think you will too!


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