1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and crushed
3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/4 cup oil-cured olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves
1/2 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved
How to Make It
Cook pasta in 4 quarts boiling water with 1/4 teaspoon salt for 8 minutes or until noodles are almost al dente. Drain pasta through a sieve over a bowl; reserve 1 1/3 cups pasta cooking water.
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. Stir in reserved 1 1/3 cups pasta water; bring to a boil. Add cream cheese; stir until smooth. Add pasta, olives, and red pepper; 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.
The oil cured olives really make this dish! I found mine at Whole Foods in the olive bar as "sun-dried olives". These have WAY more flavor than regular old canned black olives. I boiled my sauce down a little bit longer since another reviewer noted it was too runny. Overall, we loved it (and my boyfriend sprinkled a little crispy bacon over the top).
I have cooked MANY Cooking Light recipes and I am almost always very pleased. But this one let me down. The sauce was very uninteresting and could have been a little thicker. I added a small amount of cornstarch at one point to help with thickening towards the end. Very little flavor. Won't make again.
This is going to be added to my standbys. It was delicious and easy to make.I added chopped onions and I pan fried 2 cubed chicken thighs seasoned with onion and garlic powder and 2 sliced italian sausage links and added them at the end. I added a can of chopped black olives, drained, since I didn't have the type called for on the recipe. Next time I will definately add mushrooms as that was the only other thing it needed.
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