Bella’s Italian Café is one of our favorite Tampa restaurants. I dream of their homemade pastas and specialty sauces, especially Bella’s Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce. But eating out every time I get a craving simply doesn’t fit into our budget not to mention what wouldn’t fit into my pants! So when I spotted the Monterey Pasta Company Raviolis on sale at our local supermarket, I decided to create my own little Bella’s dinner at home.
We’ve tried several varieties of these Monterey raviolis and they are all delicious, but for my Bella-like dish, I selected the smoke mozzarella and artichoke.
Then, I let my creativity juices flow (with the help of Iron Chef Allan). I dabbled with a little of this and a lot of that and VOILÀ! A beautiful Bella-like dish emerged! The smoked mozzarella raviolis and this sage sauce were a perfectly delicious combination!
Run DMT’s Sage and Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped finely
4 garlic cloves, minced
4-5 pieces of sundried tomatoes (in oil), chopped finely
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
On a low heat, sauté the onions in olive oil until translucent. Add garlic and cook until soft. Add sun-dried tomatoes and warm through the onions and garlic, about a minute or two. Stir in tomatoes and spices and cook for about 5 minutes. Then, slowly stir in cream until well combined and warmed through sauce. Remove from heat and serve over your favorite pasta. I recommend the thicker chunkier pastas such as rigatoni or penne.
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