Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tasty Tuesday

When I found this recipe in my Cook Yourself Thin book I was a little leery. There's a similar recipe I make occasionally from Rachael Ray that is to die for, so I wasn't sure if this low cal impostor would stand up to the real thing. Surprisingly it was not only uber tasty it tasted pretty much exactly like the original! I had it with a small Caesar salad and a piece of lite Texas toast, it was delish! Enjoy!

Penne alla "Not-ka"
2 t EVOO
3 cloves garlic
1/2 c chopped red onion
3/4 t salt
1 14-oz can diced tomatoes pureed in a food processor
(if you can find a 14 oz can crushed tomato you don't have to puree)
Pinch of Red Pepper flakes
8 oz penne pasta (I used whole grain)
1/4 whipping cream
6 T evaporated nonfat milk
1/3 c Parmesan cheese
1/4 c shredded fresh basil
1/8 t black pepper

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the penne. Cook as directed. Drain, reserving about 1/2 c pasta water.

2. Meanwhile in a large saucepan heat the 2 t EVOO with the garlic over low heat until garlic begins to brown, about 3 min. Add the onion and 1/4 salt, cover and cook until onion is softened about 2 more min. Add the tomato, 1/2 t salt and the red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and simmer very gently 10 min. Stir in the cream and evaporated milk and simmer 1 more min.

3. Add pasta to sauce and simmer about 1-2 minutes. Add reserved pasta water if the mixture is dry. Stir in 1/4 c of the Parmesan, the basil and black pepper. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan once ready to serve.

Bon Appetite!


skinnybitching said...

ooo... that sounds amazing! i am definitly going to be giving this one a try. i love tasty tuesday! haha

brooke said...

UM!!!! that sounds amazing!! print this out and gonna try this weekend!! thanks lady!

Kara said...

This sounds so good! I am going to have to give this a try!

Lindsey said...

Yummy!! Thanks for sharing!

Children of the 90s said...

This sounds so good! I have a major craving for pasta right about now...

Lucky in Love said...

This sounds seriously yummy!

Elizabeth Marie said...

That sounds soooooo yummy!!!!

Kristin said...

That sounds insanely delicious!

ihatemichigan said...

Baby Kelley would like you to come cook this for him/her...Mommy Kelley would enjoy that as well.

Jane said...

I will have to try this. Sounds delicious!

Emily B said...

Mmm, how does it compare to Racheal Ray's version?