For Valentine’s day I’m cooking Pasta Innamorati – which is meatless yet its rich, creamy, heartwarming flavors will make your sweetie feel special. A few years ago, when a co-worker came back from a vacation in Italy with her boyfriend, she was in such a state of passionate exuberance that she happily shared this recipe with me which she learned on her trip. I tried it a few times and it has become a favorite at our home.
The thick, cream sauce coats the languid, long fettuccine noodles. As you twirl the pasta with your fork, the slivers of sweet-savory sun-dried tomatoes cling and you have no choice but to savor each bite with relish. It is a decadent-tasting dish yet quite simple to prepare very quickly.
Skip the long restaurant lines and don’t bother with the hard-to-get reservations during Valentine’s, which really has become a full blown commercialized holiday. Instead, enjoy a cozy evening at home with the one you love and indulge on this easy to cook pasta meal. It’s so scrumptious that you’ll find yourself cooking this dish way beyond Valentine’s day, as you should. After all, everyday is a reason to love.
Pasta Innamorati - with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Cream Sauce
- 1 pound Fettuccine pasta cooked according to package directions
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 6 to 8 cloves garlic chopped fine
- 3 pieces red bell peppers or combine with 1 yellow or orange for better presentation, seeded, sliced thin
- 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil drained, sliced thin sun-dried tomatoes
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup freshly-grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper powder
- for serving: loaf of bread
- 1.Boil the pasta according to package directions.2. Meanwhile, in a non-stick large skillet, over medium-high heat, add the olive oil.3. Add the garlic, red peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes. Mix well.4. Blend in the heavy cream. Lower heat to a slow simmer so cream does not curdle. Mix ingredients well.5. As soon as the pasta boils al dente, drain and add this to the heavy cream mixture in the skillet. Incorporate all the ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper.6. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top. Garnish with chopped parsley.7. Serve this pasta dish with a good loaf of bread. Enjoy with your sweetheart.Cook’s Comments: Sun-dried tomatoes can be bought dried in a package or bottled in olive oil, as described in this recipe. If you have the dried tomatoes in a plastic package, soak them for 8 to 10 minutes in hot water to soften. For easier slicing, use scissors. And feel free to substitute any pasta that you prefer if fettuccine is not available
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