Pasta Sauces: Penne Pasta with Italian Tomato Cream Sauce
As pasta sauces go, this is one of the nicest.
It is certainly easy, as most italian tomato sauce recipes are.
Ingredients: 6 ounces penne pasta, uncooked (or whatever pasta shape you prefer) vegetable cooking spray 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1 clove garlic, minced 1 - 14 ounce can tomatoes, chopped but undrained 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 tsp dried basil 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup evaporated skimmed milk or fresh cream
Directions: While you are preparing the sauce, cook the pasta according to package directions. (Don't forget to season the cooking water with several tablespoons of salt. It should taste like the sea.)
Heat a large skillet until hot. If it is non stick, spray with non stick spray. If not add a touch of oil. Add the red pepper, onion and garlic, and saute until the vegetables are tender. Add the tomatoes, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 more minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional few minutes to thicken the sauce. Add the cream and heat through.
Add pasta, stirring well. Cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with lots of parmesan cheese.
Variations and Tips:
If you want a sauce with meat in it, just brown 8 ounces of ground beef with the onion, garlic and pepper and season to taste.
If you would like to cut the fat in this recipe, replace the cream with an equal amount of evaporated skim milk. The taste will be similar, but the fat content will be cut drastically.
Up the vegetable count and make this a really healthy pasta recipe by adding more vegetables. Add chopped zucchini or mushrooms to the sauce when you add the tomatoes. Or any other vegetable that you think might taste good.
Cooking for a larger group? Just double or triple the recipe, tasting to adjust the seasonings.
2 to 3 Servings
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
Calories from Fat 23;
Total Fat 2.5g; Saturated Fat 0.9g; Cholesterol 45mg; Sodium 431mg; Total Carbohydrates 35.6g; Dietary Fiber 0.9g;
Vitamin A 17%; Vitamin C 52%; Calcium 2%; Iron 12%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)