Pasta With Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

I genuinely miss the time I spent studying abroad in Italy. Of course, one of the aspects that I miss the most is the food. However, not only did the food taste delicious, but I also fell in love with the deep aromatic smells of garlic, basil and tomatoes.

Basically, I savor any and all recipes that remind me of that summer. One of these recipes that reminds me of Italy is Pasta With Spicy Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce and has consequently become one of my absolute favorites. Sundried tomatoes pack plenty of flavor, especially when used with parmesan and basil. Plus, in addition to the amazing flavor, the wafting smells of garlic and basil while cooking this recipe makes me feel like I’m transporting myself to Italy.

I don’t normally indulge in pastas with creamy sauces; however, even though this does use calorie-laden heavy cream, the intense flavors and aromatic smells are the excuses I’ll use any day (and you should too!) to make this recipe! After all, every once in a while is completely fine in my opinion!

Step 1: Mince Garlic, Chop Basil and
Finely Cut Sundried Tomatoes


Step 2: Grate Parmesan

Step 3: Sauté Garlic, Add Cream
and Sundried Tomatoes

Step 4: Combine Cooked Pasta With Sauce

Step 5: Add Cheese and Basil to Pasta; Eat!

The pure simplicity of this recipe is what guaranteed it’s addition to the usual rotation of dinner menu items. Whether making it for the first time or the hundredth time, this recipe more than satisfies one’s appetite.

Cheers!

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Tomato Crostini


Sometimes, it is just nice and convenient to be able to throw a quick appetizer together for a dinner party or get-together. This recipe was no different. Considering this recipe uses only five ingredients (not including salt & pepper) and creates one of my favorite ingredients (sun dried tomatoes minus the sun), I became absolutely smitten.

I made these as an appetizer this past Christmas for my family. My brother, who is quite a picky eater, does not usually appreciate my cooking and choices; however, this time, he actually really liked this appetizer. So, for your next get-together, make sure to make these (even the most picky eater will like them!): Crostini With Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes.

Step 1: Cut Tomatoes in Half Lengthwise

Step 2: Place Tomatoes on Pan With
Olive Oil, Thyme, Salt and Pepper; Roast

Step 3: Slice Bread and Bake in Oven

Step 4: Place Roasted Tomatoes
on Top of Bread and Eat!

If in a bind, this is perfect for a last-minute recipe since it uses normal household items. Plus, it results in a simple, yet delicious result!

Cheers!

When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like A Big Pizza Pie, That’s Amore! (Part 2)

This past weekend, I met up with a friend and her boyfriend at Grand Central Bakery in the Sellwood area of Southeast Portland. Although we ate at Grand Central Bakery for lunch, I fully intent to revisit this cozy, neighborhood establishment for a morning pasty and daily Cup-of-Joe. Besides being totally smitten by a delicious sandwich, I was also ecstatic to discover that Grand Central Bakery has a “U-Bake Menu.” This means that they sell “U-Bake” pie, pizza, puff pastry, and cookie doughs. Don’t get me wrong, I love making dough from scratch; however, sometimes it is just too time consuming.

With the “U-Bake” menu staring me in the face and tempting me greatly, I decided that the $2.95 purchase of pizza dough was definitely worth the price and would save me tremendous time. For a Sunday dinner with the generous help of Grand Central Bakery, I decided to make: Cheese Pizza with Feta, Sundried Tomatoes, and Pesto and Cheese Pizza with Carmelized Onions and Prosciutto.

Step 1: Chop Garlic and Prepare Olive Oil Base;
Chop Prosciutto and Sundried Tomatoes;
Caramelize Onions; Add Olive Oil Base to
One Half and Tomato Sauce to Other Half

Step 2: Place Mozzarella Over Top; Spread
Pesto, Feta, and Sundried Tomatoes Over
One Half; Spread Prosciutto and Caramelized
Onions Over the Other Half

Step 3: Bake, Cut, Serve!

Every now and then, I have enjoyed making a pizza on a Sunday afternoon. I’m glad that I improvised for this pizza as compared to a previous post (as seen here). I still have much room to improve including getting the temperature just right and the amount of ingredients used. But, that is part of the fun with experimenting!

Cheers!