Tasty Italian

By April 10, 2011 ,

A Sampling of tasty Italian dishes we've made lately

My Big Sister's Stuffed Shells
These are easy and yummy with reduced fat cheeses, you can easily sneak in some spinach too!
Read her blog The Adventures of Mrs.Smith

Pepper made friends with my puppy while Andrew was in Baltimore for work.

Since Andrew was away I went all out on tomato sauce.
Making The Pioneer Woman's Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce.

 Cooking the tomato sauce with garlic and onions.
 Adding cheese and cream once off the heat.
It was awesome, and froze really well, not that it stayed in the freezer more than a week!

Ingredients (I halved the recipe when I made this)

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Finely Diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 cans (15 Ounce Each) Tomato Sauce Or Marinara Sauce
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • Dash Of Sugar (more To Taste)
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • Grated Parmesan Or Romano Cheese, To Taste
  • Fresh Basil, Chopped
  • 1-½ pound Fettuccine

Preparation Instructions

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
Heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute for a minute or so. Pour in tomato sauce and add salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. Stir and cook over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in cream. Add cheese to taste, then check seasonings. Stir in pasta and chopped basil and serve immediately. (Thin with pasta water before adding basil if needed.) I didn't need to

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