Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Creamy Tomato Farfalle with Fresh Basil and Mozzarella

One of my great friends that owns a few restaurants called me a few weeks ago and asked if I could use some fresh mozzarella because she had too much.  Of course I  said yes, and so mozzarella has found its way into most of my dishes lately.  This is a recipe I usually make with sweet Italian sausage but decided to change it up a bit to incorporate the cheese I had on hand as well as some yummy basil I have been growing in my kitchen window.  The pasta turned out delicious and was even better the next day!

Creamy Tomato Farfalle with Fresh Basil & Mozzarella

1 16 ox box farfalle (bowtie) noodles
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
3 cloves garlic minced
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp  dried parsley
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp fennel seed
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicy!)
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
8 oz fresh mozzarella diced into 1/2 inch squares
1/2 cup fresh basil, cut into thin strips (julienne)


Cook pasta in salted water according to directions on box until al dente, drain and set aside.

In a large skillet heat olive oil then saute garlic and onion until onions become translucent, about 3-5 minutes.  Add sugar, parsley, basil, paprika, oregano, fennel seed & red pepper flakes.  Continue to saute until herbs become fragrant, about 2 more minutes.  Stir in cream, milk, and tomatoes and simmer until sauce starts to thicken, roughly 8 minutes.  Stir in pasta and serve hot topped with fresh mozzarella and basil.


Diana said...

Ellen, I made this tonight!!! It was fantastic. I decided we liked all your suggestions, including the fresh mozz AND I added Hot link sausage instead of the sweet....because we like things always spicy. The only other thing I added was three 14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes...I know we like things extra saucy. It was hands down fantastic. Jared told me he would like me to make it EVERY SINGLE WEEK from now on until forever. Well, done! Oh, it was so so so so good. We make a ton of pasta around here but there was something extra tasty about this dish. Thanks!!!!! (And Jared also says THANK YOU!)

Ellen Johnson said...

I am thrilled that you enjoyed it!

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