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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Creamy Tomato Pasta

Any colored pasta turns into a orange/red hued one as soon as it hits my husband's plate. He adds oodles of tomato based condiments to his pasta and tells me that he is making it more flavorful. I stopped complaining long ago and keep making tomato based pastas more often instead. Today's recipe is the standard one I make but added some evaporated milk to make it creamier. I used evaporated milk instead of cream / milk just because I had some leftover evaporated milk that had to be used. The evaporated milk lends a nice, creamy background for the tomato sauce based pasta and makes it more flavorful. I used twisted elbows that was a carrot, corn, squash pasta blend. Penne, shell pasta or any long pasta can be substituted for elbow pasta.

1 & 1/2 cups twisted elbows
1 to 2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely minced
8 oz / 225 gm / 1 cup tomato sauce (I used store-bought sauce.)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
About 1/2 cup evaporated milk / cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (optional)
Chopped basil leaves to garnish (optional)

* Heat oil in a saute pan and add minced garlic and onion. Saute until light golden. Add tomato sauce and ground pepper to the pan and let it simmer on low flame, just to let the flavor build up. Taste and adjust the salt if needed.
* Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta in a colander and return it back to the pot in which it was cooked. Add evaporated milk or cream and gently give a stir to mix.
* Pour the tomato sauce mixture over the pasta and stir to combine.
* Garnish with Parmesan and basil and serve warm.

This goes to Blogging Marathon #50, under the theme of "Pasta". Check out the link to find out what other marathoners are cooking.



Ruchi Indu said...

pasta is looking so inviting... Feel like eating it now!!!

Varadas Kitchen said...

Those who love tomato really love tomato. I like the addition of evaporated milk.

Priya Suresh said...

Such a bright and very attractive tomato pasta, addition of evaporated milk sounds interesting.

yung@foodyoo.com said...

This is nice! This gives me an idea, maybe using coconut milk is not bad too. Creamy and with coconut flavor. :)

Pavani N said...

Simple and yummy looking creamy tomato sauce.

Srividhya said...

yummy. my kiddo would have given the bowl back clean and sparkly

Padmajha PJ said...

Sounds delicious Suma.My kids will surely fall for that bowl of pasta

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Such a yummy and creamy pasta and so simple to make!

Srivalli said...

That surely does look so bright and inviting..:)..

Harini-Jaya R said...

Evaporated milk sounds very interesting. The pasta looks very appealing as well.