John Wheeler's Pasta Pomodoro di Zanardi

Public radio listener John Wheeler first clued the Hidden Kitchens Team into the hidden kitchens of NASCAR. Wheeler is the chef for the Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team. He shares his recipes for pasta pomodoro di zanardi below:

Ingredients:

60 ripe roma tomatoes

3/4 cup olive oil

4 medium yellow onions, peeled and finely diced

3-4 heads of garlic, peeled and minced

2 cups fresh basil, chopped

8 lbs. dried Italian pasta

2 tbs. each of dried oregano and thyme

Kosher salt and pepper

3-4 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions: Wash tomatoes and stems. Cut tomatoes in half and scoop out the seeds. Dice tomatoes. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water, until it's al dente.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pan and sweat the onions, then the garlic, over medium heat. Add the tomatoes, oregano and thyme and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the pasta and add to the tomatoes with the basil, salt and pepper. Toss and serve. Top with Parmesan cheese.

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