My mom made the best pasta out of the Cooking Light magazine- so I came home and replicated it- and it was a huge hit with my husband and his buddy.
Even if you are not a wizard in the kitchen, I am sure you can do this one!
We try not to eat too much pasta, so when we do- I want it to be really worth it. This was worth every carb and calorie!
Fettucini with Tomato-Cream Sauce
- 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine- (I used bucatini or linguini)
- 4 quarts boiling water
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped garlic
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and crushed
- 3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
- 1/4 cup oil-cured olives, pitted and coarsely chopped- (I used pitted kalamata from an olive bar)
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved
- 1. Cook pasta in 4 quarts boiling water with 1/4 teaspoon salt for 8 minutes or until noodles are almost al dente. Drain pasta through a sieve over a bowl; reserve 1 1/3 cups pasta cooking water.
- 2. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes or until very fragrant and tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and tomatoes; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in reserved 1 1/3 cups pasta water; bring to a boil. Add cream cheese; stir until smooth. Add pasta, olives, and red pepper; cook 3 minutes or until pasta is al dente, tossing to coat. Divide pasta mixture among 4 shallow bowls; top each serving with 1 tablespoon basil. Divide Parmigiano-Reggiano evenly among servings.