This creamy tomato sauce is luscious and flavorful. My Angel Hair Pasta recipe with Blush Sauce (AKA Pink Sauce Pasta) is easy to prepare, delicious and is sure to make your tummy happy.
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. The ingredients are simple and I typically always have them in my fridge and pantry.
Angel Hair Pasta with Blush Sauce is a staple recipe in my house. It's an easy vegetarian dinner that is very satisfying.
What is Blush Sauce?
Blush sauce is simply a tomato cream sauce. I use a can of crushed tomatoes in this recipe and it is seasoned with crushed garlic and dried Italian seasoning. I also add a splash of white wine for a robust flavor.
While some cooks might add heavy cream to their blush sauce, I like to save some calories for dessert so I used half and half instead. I am not saying this is a low-calorie dish because it's not. This creamy tomato sauce is tangy and perfect for a cold winter night.
Lately I noticed that many restaurants have pasta with blush sauce on their menu and it is also referred to as pink sauce. Obviously that's the perfect name as it is a pinkish color.
I could eat this pink sauce pasta dish once per week!
Pasta with Blush Sauce Recipe Tips
I love the thin strands of angel hair pasta and the fact that it gets coated with lots of sauce. But it is a very delicate pasta and you really have to be careful not to overcook it. If you are worried about this, you can use another pasta. Feel free to switch up the pasta to a more sturdier one like spaghetti, fettucine or linguine.
If you would like to add a vegetable like fresh or frozen broccoli or spinach, you can cook it with the sauce then toss it with the pasta. This adds extra color and nutrition to the dish.
I love to add fresh herbs and fresh basil goes so well with this dish. I happen to keep a fresh basil plant on my window sill during the winter months so chopped basil is what I use. But leave it out if you don't have any or use another fresh herb like parsley if you can get it.
I always like a fresh sprinkle of Italian cheese on pasta. Use your favorite such as Parmesan, Romano or even shredded mozzarella.
If you need to include meat in your dinner (like my husband and son enjoy), serve some meatballs or sausage on the side. And when dinner is ready, get yourself a nice glass of wine and enjoy!
What to Serve with this Angel Hair Pasta Recipe
The creamy tomato sauce on this pasta is so yummy and satisfying you could easily count that as your veggies and call it a day. I won't judge if you fill a big bowl and just chow down! If you want to serve more than blush pasta sauce over pasta, I recommend these side dishes:
- Oven Roasted Vegetables
- Beet and Goat Cheese Mesclun Salad
- Strawberry Avocado Salad
- Panko and Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
- Caprese Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette
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We all have tough days or days when we need a comforting meal when we come home. This angel hair pasta with creamy tomato sauce is sure to top your list of go-to meals.
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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 (dried is fine if you can't get fresh) for garnish
- Grated cheese for garnish
- Cook the pasta al dente in a pot of boiling water according to package directions. It should be slightly undercooked. 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. ***(See note)
- Serve in bowls garnished with basil and cheese.
First Published February 2013; Last Updated February 2021