Week 21, Recipe 1: Pasta with Blue Cheese Tomato Sauce

Recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks
  • 1-½ pound Pasta (angel Hair Or Thin Spaghetti)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole 28-ounce Can Diced Tomatoes, Drained
  • Dash Of Sugar
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, To Taste
  • ¾ cups Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • ¾ cups Heavy Cream
  • 4 cups Baby Spinach
  • Half-and-Half, for thinning
  • Extra Blue Cheese Crumbles, For Garnish
Cook pasta according to package instructions.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. When hot, add minced garlic and cook for a minute. Pour in drained tomatoes. Add sugar, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to low. Stir in crumbled blue cheese. Add cream and stir, then a little splash of half-and-half if sauce is too thick. Cook for a minute or two, tasting and adding more seasonings as needed.

At the very, very, very last minute. toss in spinach. Immediately toss in the cooked and drained pasta. Serve immediately!

Results: DELICIOUS!!  I made this with mushrooms which I added at the same time as the tomato (I used a mix of fresh & canned fire roasted).  Next time I'd add the shrooms right after the garlic, before the tomato.  Rashan and I loved this.  I didn't need the half and half.  I would've liked this a little thicker actually but still tasted AWESOME!!  Served it with toasted italian bread topped with butter and garlic pepper.