Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pasta With Tomato Cream Sauce

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
serves 4
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
black pepper

* 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.


  1. Hi Lena , I make pasta at least once a week , family loves it , this one is on my menu next wee , thanks for sharing :).

  2. Wow, this looks SO good! I should make more pasta!

  3. It sounds a delicious pasta dish!Happy Sunday,dear!

  4. This sounds fantastic Lena! I really love how you've lightened it up and added extra flavor! I don't ever grow tired of pasta, it's definitely something I can eat every day!

  5. Hi Lena,

    My pasta is typically red with just tomato-kind of sauce... Borrrrring!!! Now that I see yours being orange, I reckon my usual pasta need a colour transformation as yours look really COOL!


  6. The sauce sounds and looks so good! I can eat this every day!

  7. Simplicity is always best when making pasta. I shall try this recipe, Lena. My kids will sure tambah two plates of it :)

  8. Yea, nice to add a dash of cream to enhance the richness. Sometimes i add a dash of full cream milk or evaporated milk for an even lower calorie alternative :p

  9. This is a healthier version of Ree's recipe and it looks so good! Love how nicely coated the pasta is.

  10. This looks good, something along my son's all time favourite! Slurp!

  11. I like the pancetta add! Looks like a good dish!

  12. It looks delicious , Lena ! I love the addition of pancetta and the coriander instead of parsley :D

  13. Hi lena,
    Your pasta looks gorgeous... : p
    I know my kids will love this a lot.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Look good, Lena. I should try it. Reminds me of char koay teow :)