Creamy Tomato Pasta [Meatless Monday]

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*Every Monday, The Homespun Journal shares a meatless meal idea. By doing this, we hope to build a collection of resources to suite all kitchens and taste buds that will help you to go meatless on Mondays.

I love meatless meals. They always seem to come together much more quickly and cost significantly less than their meaty counterparts.

Sometimes, these meatless wonders are so easy and economical that I’m shocked by their lack of popularity (or at least the lack of their presence on Pinterest).

For some reason the human stomach just doesn’t get as excited about grilled eggplant as they do grilled steak, something we may never understand.

But this is a meal to make your stomach smile. It’s not grilled or filled with spices, in fact it is rather simple, but it is bursting with flavor.

Inexpensive to prepare, quick to make, and easy to consume, Meatless Monday love!

Creamy Tomato Pasta
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 3
  • 1 (14 oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (or 2 if you love garlic like me)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 T. heavy cream
  • 7 oz. whole wheat pasta, cooked and drained
  1. Begin by placing the tomatoes and most of their juice in a large mixing bowl. Crush them with your hands until they are in bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, sprinkle with salt, and sauté until tender.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the garlic. Cook a minute more.
  4. Add the tomatoes with their juices. If it is looking like too much juice, leave some behind. It can always be added later.
  5. Mix the tomatoes with the onion and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes until the tomatoes begin to thicken slightly.
  6. Add a splash of cream (about 2 T.) and mix through. Allow the sauce to cook a few minutes more until thickened.
  7. Taste. Salt and pepper as needed.
  8. Fill a served bowl with the cooked noodles and top with tomato cream sauce.
  9. Serve hot.
There is a great deal of room for more complex flavors in this sauce. Alone, this sauce is wonderful, but play around with spice combinations to find something even more exciting.

Want to make this into a more balanced meal? Serve it with a red wine vinegar dressed salad and Kalamata olives.

Did you incorporate more seasonings into your sauce?

Let us know how they worked out. I love hearing how readers personalize these simple dishes!

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