For this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I was given the opportunity to become familiar with Rebecca’s blog A Dusting of Sugar. Rebecca is a college student, keeping her passion alive while she’s away at school. While I found myself drooling over her cookies, cakes and brownies, I ultimately decided on her Tomato Mascarpone Sauce. Leave it to me to choose one of the few savory recipes on a blog that’s primarily about baking!
It was the mascarpone that won me over. A true weakness of mine! I made some embellishments to the recipe in order to amp up the flavor. And once that sweet, creamy cheese came into play? Swooooon. This one is definitely a keeper.
Pasta with Tomato Mascarpone Sauce – adapted from A Dusting of Sugar
- 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 Large Shallot, diced
- 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 28 oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes
- 8 Large Basil Leaves, finely chopped
- 1/4 Cup Red Wine
- 4 oz. Mascarpone Cheese
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- 1 Lb. of Your Favorite Pasta, cooked
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When hot, add the shallots, garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for a few minutes until soft. Add the tomatoes and basil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, adding the red wine about halfway through.
Remove from heat and stir in the mascarpone, salt and pepper. Toss the pasta with the sauce. Serve with parmesan cheese.