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15-Minute Tomato and Mascarpone Pasta Recipe

Deliciously creamy pasta that does not take hours to prepare. Yep, that's what makes this delectable pasta dish perfect for a weeknight dinner! Enjoy!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Neriz

Ingredients

  • 2 & 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 20 pcs cherry tomatoes, chopped (about 2 & 1/2 cups)
  • 2 to 3 tbsp dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 5 oz pasta
  • pinch chili flakes
  • salt & pepper, to season
  • Parmigiano Reggiano, for serving
  • fresh parsley, for serving

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta as per package instruction.
  • At the same time, heat the olive oil in a medium or large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is ready, add minced garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, and chili flakes.
  • Mix, then cover with a lid.
  • When the tomatoes start to break down, adjust the heat to medium and add the chopped dried tomatoes.
  • Mix and place the lid back on; continue cooking until the fresh tomatoes have almost completely disintegrated.
  • Add the mascarpone cheese.
  • Combine evenly, adjust the heat back to medium-high and bring the mascarpone pasta sauce to a quick boil.
  • Turn the heat back to medium, taste and adjust the seasoning, then add the cooked pasta.
  • Mix to ensure that it's properly coated with the sauce, then take the pan off the heat.
  • Transfer pasta to a plate, then sprinkle some grated Parmigiano Reggiano.
  • Serve, with chopped fresh parsley leaves, if preferred.

Notes

  • Cook's Tip #1:  Depending on the cooking time of your pasta, you can start with the sauce at the same time as you place a pot of water for boiling.  For reference, the pasta that I used in this recipe takes 9 minutes to cook, so it does not take more than 15 minutes to cook everything.
  • Cook's Tip #2:  The chili flakes do not make the mascarpone pasta sauce spicy.  It's just added for balancing its creaminess.
  • Variation #1:  Herbs.  Feel free to use dried or fresh herbs in the sauce -- a mix of basil, parsley, and oregano is a good addition.
  • Variation #2:  Pasta shape. You can use whatever type of pasta you want, but the tomato mascarpone sauce goes excellently with long pasta shapes.

Nutrition

Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 440mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg