Friday, October 25, 2013

Pasta Al Forno-- Another 30 Minute Favorite of Mine

I first found this recipe a few years ago in a Rachel Ray cookbook. When I looked at the ingredients list, I was so intrigued-- cinnamon and tomato sauce??  I'd never heard of such a thing! I figured it was one of those recipes that was either going to taste nasty or be absolutely amazing. I was so happy when it turned out to be the latter, it instantly became a favorite.

Pasta Al Forno


1 pound penne pasta
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped finely
3 cloves garlic, chopped (I use minced garlic)
15 oz can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 pinches ground cinnamon
salt & pepper
3 ounces prosciutto, chopped (if you can get this in the deli, have the cut 1 thick slice, if all you can find is pre-packaged slices, that works fine too)
1/4- 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Softened butter to coat a medium casserole or baking dish


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then salt and cook pasta to al dente, about 7-8 minutes.  Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

While water is coming to a boil and pasta is cooking, heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Cook onions and garlic in oil 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and bring to a bubble. Add cream and season sauce with cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Add chopped prosciutto to sauce and stir with cooked pasta until combined. Coat a medium casserole dish with butter. Adjust seasonings and transfer pasta to casserole dish. Top pasta with cheese and place in over for 10 minutes. Serve hot from the oven. If you like what you just read please click to send a quick vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs- The best mommy blog directory featuring top mom bloggers

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