It all started with the pasta. Unusual shaped pasta caught my attention during a recent shopping trip. Any unique shape or color does it for me. This time it was long fusilli. I’ve only seen short ones until that moment. The bag went into my shopping cart in a split second. Then it sat in my pantry while I figured out what dish to make with it. Another short on time day provided the inspiration. It is so quick and easy to make pasta with tomato cream sauce.
Convenience and speed are keys with this dish. I used store-bought marinara in a jar. You could use homemade tomato sauce if you have it on hand or want to make it. It takes more time to get the water boiling and cook the pasta than to make the tomato-cream sauce. Warm up the marinara, add cream, and then parmesan at the last minute. Toss with cooked pasta and garnish with more parmesan and basil.
Which pasta to use with this sauce? Just about any shape or size will do. Use ravioli or tortellini if you want it to be a heartier dish. Lobster or crab ravioli would be awesome. The sauce is a little decadent. Some heavy cream every now and then is okay. All is good in moderation. Besides, the lovely red-orange color of the sauce is enough to make you want to dig in right away.
Do you enjoy unique shaped or colored pasta? It seems to add a little extra special something to an ordinary dish. It has a fun adventurous factor too. I also have another bag of pasta in my pantry waiting to be used. Stay tuned to see what happens with it.