Comfort food always makes me feel better. To me, nothing is more comforting than a big bowl of pasta. This week I had a case of the Monday winter blues and this was the perfect dish to make.
Several years ago I went to Indianapolis for Superbowl weekend courtesy of Red Gold Tomatoes. It was one of the best weekends ever. I was a little sad thinking about that and also the Superbowl will not be the same this year (like last year)because the Philadelphia Eagles are out . I know.... wah, wah, wah.......call a wambulance. But I just couldn't help feeling a little sorry for myself as well as all the Eagles fans in our household.
So I broke out a big can of Tuttorosso tomatoes that are made by the Red Gold folks and made this Angel Hair Pasta with Blush Sauce dish. After I ate my pasta, I went through all my Superbowl weekend pictures and felt better. And there is always next year for the Eagles. Besides, I'll get more work done on the weekends since they are no longer on TV.
This is a dish I could eat every night. While some cooks might add heavy cream, I like to save just a few calories for dessert so I used half and half instead. I am not saying this is a low calorie dish because it's not. But it's creamy, tangy and perfect for a cold winter night.
Feel free to switch up the pasta. This is great with spaghetti or fettucine too. If you need to include meat in your dinner, serve some meatballs or sausage on the side. And when dinner is ready, get yourself a nice glass of wine and enjoy!
Angel Hair Pasta With Blush Sauce
- 16 ounces Angel Hair pasta
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 1 TBS dried Italian seasoning
- ½ cup white wine
- salt and crushed red pepper to taste
- ¾ cup half and half
- Chopped basil for garnish
- Grated cheese for garnish
- Cook the pasta al dente in a pot of boiling water according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and drain pasta when done.
- In a large frying pan, heat the oil on medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for two minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, seasoning and wine. Bring to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes or until sauce is very thick while stirring well. Add salt and red pepper to taste.
- Add the half and half to the pan and cook until bubbly. Stir well.
- Add the pasta and water to the pan. Toss and cook for a few minutes or until sauce is thick and pasta is well coated.
- Serve in bowls garnished with basil and cheese.