Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta for Your Valentine(s)

Valentine's Day isn't just for couples. Whether you're hosting a gathering or having a cozy night in, this creamy tomato basil pasta is sure to make your Valentine's Day celebration with friends extra special. After all, good food and good company are the perfect recipe for a memorable day of love and friendship.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound pasta of your choice (penne or fettuccine work well)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

METHOD:

1. Cook the Pasta:

  • Boil a large pot of salted water and cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain the pasta and set it aside.

2. Prepare the Sauce:

  • In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and saut√© until it becomes fragrant.
  • Pour in the crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the Cream:

  • Lower the heat and pour in the heavy cream. Stir the sauce until it's well combined and begins to thicken.

4. Combine Pasta and Sauce:

  • Add the drained pasta to the pan with the sauce. Toss until the pasta is evenly coated in the creamy tomato basil goodness.

5. Finish with Parmesan:

  • Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the pasta and toss again until the cheese is melted and the sauce is creamy.

6. Garnish and Serve:

  • Dish out the creamy tomato basil pasta onto serving plates.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves for a burst of colour and flavour.