This creamy pasta dish is easy to make and it is delicious! Creamy but the pasta is not swimming on a pool of cream, it's just nice enough to coat every strand of the noodle. I know this sauce is not something extraordinary , in fact this is quite a basic recipe to a tomato creamy sauce but i have never tried this before and am loving it. I feel that the acidity and the flavours of the tomato sauce balance out the richness of the cream well, a little tangy ..really nice . The Pioneer Woman added cheese to her sauce, i wanted to but i forgot! It is still very tasty even without the addition of cheese but if you are someone who likes creamy cheesy sauce, then add it in according to your liking.
I have some pancetta at home so i threw some into it too. Ree said she's addicted to this kind of orangey red pasta sauces, i like the colour too ! Happy to link this to Cook Like A Star Event ( Pioneer Woman ) organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, co hosting with Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out and Mich of Piece of Cake
Recipe ( from The Pioneer Woman ) with some modifications
8 oz / around 220 gm fettucine
2 strips of pancetta, finely diced ( my addition, optional )
2tbsp olive oil
1 medium sized onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 can ( 15oz ) tomato sauce
1/2 cup heavy cream ( i used anchor whipping cream )
Fresh basil ( i used chinese parsley )
salt and sugar to taste
* i omitted the butter and cheese that called for in the original recipe *
Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water just in case you need to thin down the gravy.
Heat oil over medium heat. Add in the pancetta and cook till they are crispy. Remove and leave aside. With the remaining oil, saute the garlic and onions for a minute. Pour in tomato sauce, add the salt, sugar and pepper to taste. Stir and cook over low heat for about 15-20 mins, the sauce will appear thicker and flavourful now.
Remove from heat, add the pancetta and stir in the cream. Add cheese ( if you are using ) and check if more salt or sugar is needed. Stir in pasta and parsley. Thin with pasta water if needed. ( i did not ) Serve immediately.