This decadent tomato cream sauce is perfect over ravioli or pasta. It has an intensified flavor from a little white wine and is seasoned with fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese. If you're celebrating with a romantic or fancy dinner, this is your recipe!
This pink tomato cream sauce is a big 'ole pot of love! Why?
It's often requested by loved ones on special occasions, like Valentine's Day, New Year's eve or a special birthday. It's a recipe that quickly comes to mind when friends, or new parents, are in need of some pampering.
Even though this dish screams extravagance, it's actually really easy to prepare. Serve it over ravioli...and there's a wide range of choices out there from lobster or wild mushroom to a three cheese variety. Toss the ravioli into the sauce during the last 5 or 6 minutes of cook time and it's a one-dish meal that is ready in under 30 minutes.
It's also great with tortellini.
Even better, stir in your favorite seafood, like lobster, shrimp or crab.
Why add alcohol to Creamy Pasta Sauce?
I am frequently asked whether the addition of alcohol to this recipe is necessary. And, it is absolutely not required. Tomatoes, garlic, cream...that combination is always going to taste good.
However, I always add a little wine. (Yes, you could use vodka too.) The alcohol intensifies the tomato flavor. Much, but not all, of the alcohol cooks off. Read more about this debate in Ask the Food Lab over at Serious Eats.
If I were going out on the town to celebrate, I'd definitely order an entree that involves a tomato cream sauce and pasta (and a little seafood too.) But, I'm perfectly happy enjoying this lovely dish at home. (P.S. That's my favorite salad with red wine vinaigrette up there in the corner. It's usually on the menu too!)
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Tomato Cream Sauce over Ravioli
- 28 ounce crushed tomatoes
- 25 ounces diced tomatoes drained, two 12.5 ounce cans
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- ½ cup white wine
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream or half and half
- ¼ cup fresh basil cut into thin strips
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Mix crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, garlic and wine together in a large pot.
- Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 7 minutes.
- Stir in cream, basil and simmer for about 5 minutes more.
- Garnish with basil and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.