Pasta with Cheesy Pink Sauce

by Kelly on June 10, 2010

Pasta with Cheesy Pink Sauce
Think pasta with tomato sauce is just for picky eating tots not discerning adults?  This version will have you reconsidering that.  The additions of bacon, goat cheese, and a little half and half turn this into something special.  The result is a silky sauce with a pleasant tang from the cheese and a smoky-savoriness from the bacon.  It’s great for nights when you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen, but refuse to compromise on flavor.  Also, don’t forget to finish cooking the pasta in the sauce.  It really allows for the flavors to meld together and makes the pasta a more integral part of the dish.

Pasta with Cheesy Pink Sauce
Serves 2-4

Ingredients:
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-1/2 yellow or white onion, chopped
-2 slices bacon, roughly chopped
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
-1 pinch sugar
-1 pinch red pepper flakes
-1 teaspoon fresh thyme
-2 tablespoons chopped basil
-2 ounces fresh goat cheese, such as Chavrie
-1/4 cup half and half
-1/2 pound dry pasta, cooked just shy of al dente
-1/4 cup parmesan cheese, for garnish

Method:
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and bacon and saute, stirring until the onions are translucent. Add garlic and saute for one minute. Then add tomatoes through basil and reduce heat to medium low to simmer for 15 minutes. Add goat cheese, half and half, and pasta and saute for two minutes longer. Serve immediately, topping with parmesan cheese.

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brandi June 10, 2010 at 9:05 am

Yum. I love rosy pink sauces on pasta.

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Reeni June 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm

This is definitely a pasta dish I would love! Terrific flavor! And super comforting. I’d love to curl up with a bowl!

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xiaoyen June 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Oh this is something my kids will love. They love anything pasta.

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5 Star Foodie June 11, 2010 at 9:26 pm

The silky smokey sauce sounds amazing for this delicious pasta!

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sophia June 12, 2010 at 4:34 am

Have I finally found my favorite pasta sauce? Yes, I think I have. bacon and goat cheese? with creaminess? AND some acidity? Love it!

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Sues June 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Wow, this sounds awesome! Pasta with goat cheese and bacon is always a winner in my book! And perfect for this rainy day 🙂

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Kerstin June 13, 2010 at 11:57 am

Goat cheese and half and half – sold! Sounds like such a divine pasta.

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Sasquatch June 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

A big hit in our house, just tried it and we and the kids loved it. Paired with kale and cannellini soup worked great.

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Grandma F. June 14, 2010 at 12:22 am

Mary Ann made your recipe for pasta with cheesy pink sauce. Every one liked it including your sister.

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Kelly June 14, 2010 at 11:00 am

Grandma – Glad everyone enjoyed it. Kristen actually called to tell me that. I’m flattered you all made it and liked it. 🙂

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