I would never want to live in a world without pasta.
A lot of people I talk to think pasta is bad. They can’t believe it when I tell them that there is actually nothing wrong with pasta, and it can definitely be part of a regular healthy diet! Because it’s sooo tasty though, it can be easy to eat a little too much. I always pair my pasta with lots of protein and veggies so I’m not just filling up on starch! One of our favourite things to make in the summer months alongside pasta is grilled zucchini on the BBQ. Yum!
Anyway, pasta is my fave and I was super excited to have a little extra time in the kitchen this week to whip up a special dinner. I’ve been craving a really good creamy tomato sauce, and this one hit the spot!
This recipe is great for an evening when you have a little extra time in the kitchen and want to create something extra delicious. Only a few simple ingredients, a little time and you’ve got perfection!
Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce
Prep time: 45 minutes
- 5 cloves garlic, minced (mine were pretty small so adjust the number a bit if yours are bigger)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 large cans whole or diced tomatoes (I used frozen whole tomatoes from my garden which worked great as well!)
- 1 cup cream (I used 10% half and half)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (plus extra for garnish)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil (plus extra for garnish)
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat olive oil in frying pan over medium heat
2. Add garlic to oil and sauté for 1 minute (keep on medium-low to avoid burning the garlic!)
3. Add tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper to pan and stir well.
4. Turn heat down to low and let simmer for about 30 minutes or until volume has reduced by about half. This step allows the flavours to blend together and concentrate, creating a thicker, richer sauce.
*optional- If you want a smooth sauce with no tomato chunks, purée your sauce using a hand blender, or carefully in a blender or food processor)*
5. Stir in the cream and Parmesan cheese. Let simmer for another 5- 10 minutes, keeping the heat low to avoid burning the sauce.
6. Serve over pasta with extra chopped basil and Parmesan cheese.
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