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What’s for Dinner? Creamy Parmesan Marinara Pasta

When I first started dating A, I did most of the cooking.  Part of it was operating under the whole “a man’s stomach is the way to his heart” assumption. Part of it was not wanting anyone to mess up my kitchen. And part of it was being pretty dang good at it.

But that doesn’t mean that I never had any cooking mishaps.  One such mishap filled my house with smoke, ruined the largest pan I owned and pretty much will forever live on as the day I made this Creamy Parmesan Marinara Pasta (or Pan Burning Pasta as we affectionately call it) for the first time.

Hungry yet? Yes? Good. Let’s get started!

First up, chop up a large-ish white onion.  Try not to cry.

Add it to about 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan on medium heat.  Note: olive oil has a really low smoke point so watch the pan closely before you add in the onions. File that under “lessons I learned the hard way”.

Once the onions are semi-translucent, add in 4-5 cloves of minced garlic and one can of diced tomatoes. I use DelMonte’s basil, garlic and oregano flavored ones.  Delicious. Let them simmer in there for about 10 minutes getting all wonderful.

I mean seriously, I don’t know how things get better than that.<


Now it’s time for the marinara sauce (4 cups to be exact).  You can make your own or use your favorite store-bought brand.  I am not going to judge your sauce preferences.  Stir everything around and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes.

Next up, add about 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (I add a little more because I like things on the spicier side), 1/2 teaspoon of salt and black pepper to taste.

Add in 2 cups of heaven heavy cream and a teaspoon and half of dill.  This simmers for 30 minutes which gives you plenty of time to make your pasta.

I love Buitoni’s fresh pastas for their taste and quick cooking time.  You can’t beat 2-3 minutes when you’re already considering going to bed at 8:30.

Add 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese to the sauce and then add in a little bit more because no one’s looking and you’re an adult!

Add in your drained pasta and stir it all around.  You want to get every last noodle completely coated.

Then place a generous portion with a little extra sauce on top on a plate and hand to your sweetie who has been asking for about 25 minutes when dinner will be ready.

But steal a bite first though.  You know, for quality control.

I’m sharing this post over at Huckleberry Love on Much Ado About Monday!

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