Aug 27

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta

Tomato Basil Pasta is an easy weeknight meal that comes together in little time. Fresh basil, tomatoes, parmesan and pasta create an easy and appetizing pasta dish!

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal!

Pasta is the best comfort food. It is warm, comforting and filling. This tomato basil pasta is an easy meal that can be made in about 30 minutes. It is perfect for the weeknights when you want to cook something, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.

I make this meal quite often because it is one of my go-to meals when I want to clean out the pantry and use up vegetables from the garden. Summer brings an excess of basil so I often find myself adding it to anything and everything. I also just love to leave bunches sitting in a vase on my kitchen counter. The scent of basil is actually one of my favorite scents. And the flavor is crisp, bold and aromatic.

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal! Easy Tomato Basil Pasta Recipe with Cappellos Gluten Free Pasta Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal! Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal!

For this particular meal, I used gnocchi pasta but I usually just use whatever I have available. I also like to serve this easy tomato basil pasta dish with tortellini pasta. It is an easy, versatile and flavorful dish perfect for any time of the year.

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • ground black pepper
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until it starts to shimmer. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato paste, red pepper flakes, and crushed tomatoes. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Add wine and cook, stirring frequently, until about 3/4 of liquid has evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low, partially cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of pasta water.
  3. Stir in cream and parmesan cheese. Add more water, if necessary to adjust the consistency of the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add sauce to cooked pasta. Stir in basil and serve with additional parmesan cheese.
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Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent Cappellos Gluten Free pasta to try and wanted to share it with my readers. It is a gluten free, grain free and the perfect substitute for pasta. It is made fresh and can be purchased online or at many local food stores, such as Whole Foods. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Aug 25

Stitch Fix August 2014 Review

With the weather above 95 degrees here in Florida, I can’t even think of wearing fall clothing. I’m still in the mood for fun summer pieces. In fact, the day I received my fix and took these pictures, it was over 100 degrees with high humidity. My Stitch Fix stylist always knows exactly what to send me! Based on my past fixes, I had very high expectations for this fix and was pleasantly surprised to find that Stitch Fix exceeded my expectations once again! Read on to see what I kept this month.

WHAT IS STITCH FIX?

Stitch Fix reminds me of the personal stylists that they have at Nordstrom or similar stores, except I’ll never actually meet my stylist and all of the items are shipped directly to my door. When you sign up, they ask you to fill out a style profile, where you specify sizes, price ranges, shapes, styles and any colors or patterns that you prefer. You pick a date that you want your fix shipped and they send you a box of 5 clothing and accessory items hand-picked based on your style profile. You can schedule one delivery or sign up for automatic monthly deliveries. You pay a $20 styling fee for each box, which also includes delivery. The $20 styling fee is applied as a credit towards anything you keep from your box. If you purchase everything in your box, you receive 25% off the entire purchase.

To learn more about how Stitch Fix works and to read the reviews of my other fixes click below:

Stitch Fix – October 2013 Review
Stitch Fix – November 2013 Review
Stitch Fix – December 2013 Review
Stitch Fix – January 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – February 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – March 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – April 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – May 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – June 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – July 2014 Review

MY ELEVENTH STITCH FIX

So here is my eleventh Stitch Fix box:

Stitch Fix August Review on Spoonful of Flavor

(1) Collective Concepts Jayde Layered Floral Print Tank – $54

I love Collective Concepts pieces. They are always vibrant, fun and high quality. I would never have chosen to try this tank on my own because I do not usually wear large floral print patterns. But, I actually didn’t mind the floral pattern on this top. The thing I don’t really like about this top is how it is two layers, with a cropped overlay piece and the pink layer below.  For this reason, the fit was a little weird.

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(2) Moon Collection Teri Floral Sleeveless Belted Dress – $58

I’m always up for trying new dresses. The color and pattern isn’t something that I would usually wear. I liked the tie waist, but I don’t really like the top collar and fit. It is also a little too short for to transition to work.

Stitch Fix August Review on Spoonful of Flavor

(3) Pixley Laural Sleeveless Geo Print Maxi Dress – $78

You can never have too many maxi dresses! I love that they can be dressed up or down. This dress is high quality, lightweight and fits perfectly. I also like the print and color.

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(4) 41Hawthorn Abrianna Lightweight Knit Cardigan – $28

As with maxi dresses, you can never have too many cardigans. I love layering them over pieces for work or on the weekends. This cardigan is a great value for the price. The color is gorgeous and I love the fit!

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(5) Emperia Faris Scallop Detail Crossbody – $48

I love crossbody handbags. They are perfect for travel and casual weekends. I’m pretty selective with the type of handbags I buy. I try to purchase handbags that are versatile and can be worn for many years. While I like this bag, it isn’t something I could see myself wearing long term.

Stitch Fix August Review on Spoonful of Flavor

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Stitch Fix August Review on Spoonful of Flavor

OVERALL THOUGHTS

The winners from this box were #3 ( Laural Sleeveless Geo Print Maxi Dress) and #4 (41Hawthorne Abrianna Lightweight Knit Cardigan). Like I said, you can never have too many maxi dresses or cardigans. I wanted to like all of the pieces, but the fit wasn’t quite right. My stylist did an excellent job once again choosing pieces that fit my style and I can’t wait to see what type of pieces I receive next month.

If you want to try Stitch Fix, go here to sign up!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I signed up for Stitch Fix and purchased the box myself. I’m sharing my opinions because I think they will help others. This post does contain referral links for new sign-ups that gives me a small credit towards my next box.

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