Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Quick Creamy Pasta Sauce

If you like rich, creamy, garlicky pasta with a little bite then you will love this one. The kick in the Rotel tomatoes, softened by the cream then poured over your favorite pasta is the perfect combination for any time.
I used spelt pasta and flour but have also used rice pasta and rice flour with equally good results, so it could be wheat free or gluten free as well.
This makes about a cup and a half of the sauce so depending upon your own preference of sauce to pasta ratio adjust the amount of pasta you cook.
1 can Rotel tomatoes or another brand of diced tomatoes with green chiles
1/2 -1 pound pasta, any shape
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour (all purpose, spelt or rice)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cream or 1/2 & 1/2
1 clove garlic, pressed, optional
This is going to be great!
Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. While it comes to a rolling boil (that's when the water boils rapidly with big bubbles) begin the sauce. The sauce will only take a few minutes so when the water boils add the pasta and stir occasionally.
In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and stir in the flour of your choice. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until thick. Add the garlic, salt, Rotel tomatoes, and cream.

Heat through then turn down heat to warm until pasta is tender.
When the pasta is tender drain and toss with the sauce.

Serve with a big salad to offset the rich sauce and pasta. 
Quick and easy, ready in 15 minutes and so good.

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