Pasta With Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
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- Ready In:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chipped
- 1 cup sun-dried tomato packed in oil, chopped, drained
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 (7 1/4 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 cup fresh basil leaf, chopped
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 1 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add garlic; sauté 1 minute.
- Add tomatoes, cream, red peppers and crushed red pepper; simmer over medium heat for 2 minutes.
- Stir in 1/2 cup basil and simmer 1 minute longer; cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite.
- Drain, reserving 3/4 cup pasta cooking liquid.
- Return pasta to pot.
- Add sauce, cheese and 1/2 cup basil and toss to coat.
- Add enough reserved cooking liquid to pasta to moisten if dry.
- Season with salt and pepper.
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I've always liked tomato cream sauces. This was a decent base recipe, but like others said, I had to add quite a bit of extra cayenne and spices to overcome the blandness. The Parmesan cheese helped give it a bit more flavor too. Next time, I'd probably add in some fresh tomatoes or tomato sauce and throw in some additional Italian seasonings.
This is a pretty good pasta sauce for those who like it a bit mild. I prefer a heartier pasta sauce and expected the sun dried tomatoes and red pepper flakes to take over in this recipe, but the cream dulled the flavor too much for my tastes. I am going to try again with this recipe and add more/different spices to see if that gives me the taste I was looking for. Thanks!
Yummy. This was good. Made it today for lunch. I didn't have any crushed red pepper flakes so I deseeded and chopped up a Thai chili pepper instead. I had fresh green beans, zucchini and carrots leftover from the Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup recipe by Todd Wilbur. I julienned the zucchini and carrots and sauteed the vegetables together in butter and sprinkled in some garlic powder, salt and pepper for a quick side dish. And I threw one of those packaged loaves of Ciabatta bread in the oven too to serve with the pasta. Easy, quick and the kids loved it too!