Pink Sauce Pasta, also known as Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta, is a delicious and creamy pasta dish that is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. This recipe will help you make restaurant-style Pink Sauce Pasta at home with a few simple ingredients and easy steps.
- 1 pound of pasta (penne or fusilli works well)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh basil or parsley, chopped, for garnish
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the chopped onion to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes until it becomes translucent.
- Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
- Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, and black pepper to the skillet and stir to combine. Let the sauce cook for 5-7 minutes until it has thickened slightly.
- Add the heavy cream to the skillet and stir to combine. Let the sauce cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until it has thickened and the flavors have melded together.
- Add the cooked pasta to the skillet with the sauce and toss until well coated.
- Add the grated Parmesan cheese to the skillet and toss until it has melted and the sauce has become creamy.
- Garnish with fresh chopped basil or parsley and serve hot.
- Use canned whole tomatoes instead of crushed tomatoes for a chunkier sauce.
- Add diced cooked chicken or shrimp to the pasta for a protein boost.
- Use half and half or milk instead of heavy cream for a lighter version of the dish.
- Adjust the amount of salt and pepper to your taste preferences.
Pink Sauce Pasta is a delicious and satisfying pasta dish that is easy to make and sure to please everyone at the dinner table. The creamy and tangy flavor of the tomato cream sauce pairs perfectly with the pasta, making it a comforting and flavorful meal that can be enjoyed any night of the week. You can also experiment with different pasta shapes and toppings to create your own unique version of this classic dish.