Creamy Tomato Pasta Baked with Cheese

So…can you do me a huge favour? I’m just gonna drift off to sleep here, and I need you to wake me up once Spring Break starts, okay?

As the millenials are putting it (including me, as I fit in that demographic), “I just can’t ‘adult’ today.” Actually, I’m pretty sure I haven’t been able to ‘adult’ properly all week; I’ve been faking it just enough to get by.

There are too many big life changes happening all around me, and I’m more than a little tempted to just curl up into the fetal position for a few days and distance myself from everything new, unpleasant and/or scary.

Seriously, it’s been one of those “let’s start the week by putting down the family cat that we’ve had for twenty years,” sort of weeks. So yeah…totally over this week, and very much ready for Spring Break.

Until then, I think I’ll be relying heavily on comfort food, and this Creamy Tomato Pasta Baked with Cheese is definitely up there when it comes to dishes that warm the weary cockles of my heart. Like the best foods in life, it’s a warm blanket to wrap around you on a dreary, “just don’t make me go out there and ‘adult'” sort of day.


Creamy Tomato Pasta Baked with Cheese

Ingredients:img_20170226_231312_181

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 x 14 oz. cans low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. salted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 250 g. uncooked pasta, such as farfelle
  • 200 g. grated mozzarella
  • 75 g. fresh parmesan or parmesan petals
  • fresh chopped Italian parsley, for garnish

Directions:

  • Cook your pasta according to package instructions. After you’ve drained your pasta, soak your pasta in cold water for a few minutes to stop the cooking process. Drain the cold water and set aside for later.
  • In a braiser or wide Dutch oven over medium heat, warm up your oil. Sautee the diced onion for about 5-6 minutes, turning down the heat slightly if it starts to brown too quickly.
  • Add in the garlic and cook another minute.
  • At this time, preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • Dump in the canned tomatoes and add in your dried herbs. Give everything a good stir, then let it simmer away on medium heat for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed. If it starts to dry out too quickly and stick to the bottom, add a bit of water (about 1/4 cup at a time, and only if needed).
  • Turn the heat to low-medium and add in both the cream and the butter. Cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Toss in the pasta, making sure to incorporate everything together really well. Mix together your mozzarella and parmesan, then sprinkle evenly over your pasta.
  • Toss everything into the oven, uncovered, and cook for 8-10 minutes. Then, switch your oven to broil and cook for about 5 minutes longer, until the cheese browns but doesn’t burn.
  • Remove from the oven and garnish with parsley.

Serves 4-5 as a main


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4 thoughts on “Creamy Tomato Pasta Baked with Cheese

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. Losing a family pet is always difficult. As is adulting. I barely squeak into the same demographic, but I do. This pasta looks creamy and delicious! I’ve pinned it for a day where adulting just seems like too much and I need something my kids will love on the table.

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    1. Thanks, Samantha. I definitely agree with the whole “barely squeaking into the demographic” bit. I don’t know when I’ll finally feel like a real adult. I kind of hope it never fully happens.

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  2. First and foremost, I am so terribly sorry about your cat 😦 I’m so bad at having words of comfort when it comes to the loss of a pet because I know, from experience, just how soul-shattering it is. It sounds like your cat had a damn good + long life, though. So, there’s that. ❤

    Onto this wonderpot of saucy and cheesy goodness…

    This, right here, is total perfection for those days in which we can't "adult"… or simply "just can't even". One might even suggest that this dinner is bae! (Did I just cross a line? I just crossed a line.)

    There are tons of dishes that fit into the "comfort food" category, but nothing owns it quite like noodles. Well, and pizza. Noodles and pizza.

    Italy knows what its doing.

    Fantastic recipe!

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    1. Thanks, Dana. I totally agree, noodles are where it’s at. And pizza. And bread. Can you tell I’ve never gone paleo?

      As for calling this dinner “bae”, you definitely crossed a line that I’m not sure you can come back from. The good news though, is that nobody enforces those sort of things. You call it “bae”, an English teacher somewhere cringes, and then we move on.

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