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Angel Hair Pasta with Creamy, Tomato Meat Sauce

Sometimes you just gotta splurge… am I right? Life is too short to eat grilled chicken and asparagus every day. Believe me, I too, want a perfect body but I also love food so much. Good food > washboard abs.

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It’s amazing how a delicious, home-cooked meal will make you feel better if you’re having a bad day. My husband Mitch just started a new restaurant and even though everything is going great and the restaurant is receiving a lot of positive attention, there are still growing pains involved. I know that he wants everything to be perfect so there are times he gets really stressed out and overwhelmed when he’s worked 10 days in a row with no day-off in sight.

So, thank goodness I’m the best wife ever (jk.. kinda) and want to lift his spirits however I can. Luckily, I know a thing or two about cooking and I know how much a home-cooked meal can lift one’s spirits. Food truly is the best medicine!

Pasta has always been my go-to meal when I feel like splurging or just need something to make me feel warm & cozy inside. This dish is packed with flavor and perfect for the summer months as it’s fairly light with the angel hair noodles and bright fresh flavor from the basil. Highly recommend!

Angel Hair with Creamy, Tomato Meat Sauce

Simple… Satisfying… So Good.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • Large Skillet or Sauteuse Pan
  • Large Pot
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Chef's Knife
  • Cutting Board

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large Shallot Finely Diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 14oz cans Finely Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb Angel Hair Pasta cooked according to package directions
  • Lots! Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Freshly Chopped Basil

Instructions
 

  • Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add the ground beef to the pan and break up with a wooden spoon. *I usually drain my ground beef depending on how much grease there is.*
  • Once the ground beef is cooked through and drained, add the shallot and garlic to the pan. Season with a generous sprinkle of salt & pepper.
  • Add the tomato paste and caramelize, 4-5 minutes.
  • Deglaze the pan with the white wine and allow to reduce by half. Then, add the crushed tomato cans along with the red chili flakes.
  • Cook the sauce over low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add the heavy cream to the pan and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Season the sauce to taste with salt & pepper.
  • While the sauce cooks, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions. *Angel hair pasta doesn't take long!*
  • Using a noodle spoon or tongs, transfer the pasta directly from the pasta water to the sauce. *The pasta water will help loosen the sauce and provide a silky, starchy texture.*
  • Add the fresh basil to the sauce along with lots of parmesan cheese. Give the pasta one final toss.
  • Bon Appetit!

Notes

For a vegetarian version, simply omit the ground beef. 
For a dairy-free version, replace the heavy cream with coconut milk. 

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