Fettuccine with Tomato-Cream Sauce

Fettuccine with Tomato-Cream Sauce


  •     8 ounces uncooked fresh fettuccine

  •     4 quarts boiling water

  •     1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

  •     1 tablespoon olive oil

  •     3 tablespoons coarsely chopped garlic

  •     1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes, drained and crushed

  •     3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese

  •     1/4 cup black olives, pitted and sliced

  •     1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  •     1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves

  •     1/2 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved


  1.  Cook pasta in 4 quarts boiling water with 1/4 teaspoon salt for 4 minutes or until noodles are almost al dente. Drain pasta through a sieve over a bowl; reserve 1 1/3 cups pasta cooking water.

  2.  Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes or until very fragrant and tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and tomatoes; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Stir in reserved 1 1/3 cups pasta water; bring to a boil. Add cream cheese; stir until smooth.

  4. Add pasta, olives, and red pepper;

  5. Cook 3 minutes or until pasta is al dente, tossing to coat. Divide pasta mixture among 4 shallow bowls; top each serving with 1 tablespoon basil. Divide Parmigiano-Reggiano evenly among servings.

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