Pasta with Tomato-Cream (Pink) Sauce

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Back in the Spring of 2000, I had my first taste of tomato cream (pink) sauce while visiting a college friend in Santa Barbara, California.  For dinner, Reena took me to an Italian restaurant called Palazzio.  There, I ordered rigatoni in pink sauce and after just one bite I fell in love with the dish.

 

After testing some recipes for tomato cream sauce, I came up with my own take of the delicious pink sauce that is vegan and gluten-free.

Here is the recipe.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!  Buono Appetito!

 

 

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Pasta in Tomato “Cream” Sauce

Servings 2 – 3

 

Ingredients

Sauce:

1/3 cup of cashew cream (1/2 cup cashew soaked for 2-3 hours)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 shallot, chopped

2 cups of marinara sauce (I typically use Trader Joe’s Arrabiata Marinara. Really yummy!)

1/4 cup of sundried tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup of basil, torn

1 tsp od sriracha

2-3 Tbsp of white wine, optional (I typically use a dry sauvignon blanc)

 

Pasta:

1/2 pound of penne, rigatoni, gluten-free

Topping:

¼ cup of sliced almonds

 

Directions

1. Make the cashew cream by blend cashews with 1/4 cup plus 1-2 Tbsp of water for thinning until smooth.  Set aside 1/3 cup.  There will be some left over, which can be stored in the refrigerator to use later.

2. Bring salted water to a boil in a large saucepot.  Then add pasta and cook until al dente.

3. Heat a medium skillet, spray with non-stick cooking spray (I use coconut cooking spray), and saute garlic and shallots for 2 minutes.

4. Add tomato sauce and simmer for 1 minute.

5. Add cashew cream, wine (optional), and simmer for 2 minutes.

6. Add sun-dried tomatoes and stir well.

7. Add basil and simmer for 1 minute.

8. Add cooked pasta, remove from heat and stir, and serve.  Top with a small handful of sliced almonds.  Best served with salad!

 

Enjoy and please let me know your thoughts!

 

Pasta in Tomato “Cream” Sauce

Servings: 2-3

Time: 35 minutes

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, SRF

 

Ingredients

Sauce:

1/3 cup of cashew cream (1/2 cup cashew soaked for 2-3 hours)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 shallot, chopped

2 cups of marinara sauce (I typically use Trader Joe’s Arrabiata Marinara. Really yummy!)

1/4 cup of sundried tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup of basil, torn

1 tsp od sriracha

2-3 Tbsp of white wine, optional (I typically use cabernet sauvignon)

 

Pasta:

1/2 pound of penne, rigatoni, gluten-free

Topping:

¼ cup of sliced almonds

 

Directions

1. Make the cashew cream by blend cashews with 1/4 cup plus 1-2 Tbsp of water for thinning until smooth.  Set aside 1/3 cup.  There will be some left over, which can be stored in the refrigerator to use later.

2. Bring salted water to a boil in a large saucepot.  Then add pasta and cook until al dente.

3. Heat a medium skillet, spray with non-stick cooking spray (I use coconut cooking spray), and saute garlic and shallots for 2 minutes.

4. Add tomato sauce and simmer for 1 minute.

5. Add cashew cream, wine (optional), and simmer for 2 minutes.

6. Add sun-dried tomatoes and stir well.

7. Add basil and simmer for 1 minute.

8. Add cooked pasta, remove from heat and stir, and serve.  Top with a small handful of sliced almonds.  Best served with salad!

 

Enjoy and please let me know your thoughts!

 

 

 

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2 Thoughts on “Pasta with Tomato-Cream (Pink) Sauce

  1. Dante on June 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm said:

    In the recipe ingredients you call for:

    “2-3 Tbsp of white wine, optional (I typically use cabernet sauvignon)”

    I’m guessing that was supposed to be RED wine since you said you usually use Cab?

  2. Hi Dante,

    Thanks so much for bringing that to my attention. My mistake! I meant Sauvignon Blanc! Sorry about that– I’m not the biggest wine drinker. I will make the change.

    Hope you try this recipe Nd enjoy it!

    All The Best,

    Yvonne

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