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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Penne Rosa with Creamy Bacon Sauce (dairy free)

Penne Rosa with Creamy Bacon Sauce 
One of my favorite restaurants in the '90's was a wonderful Italian place called A Touch of Garlic.  Their signature dish was a pasta "rosa," which was made with a sauce that combined tomatoes and cream, making it pink (hence the name).  I loved that sweet, creamy sauce, but haven't had any in years.  As I stood in front of my fridge today weighing my options for dinner, I realized I could combine a few random ingredients (leftover bacon, a jar of baby food) and make something pretty fancy.  So I did!

This recipe is a great way to hide veggies in your pasta for the kids.  Use mashed baby sweet potatoes or carrots for a mild sweet flavor in your sauce, and make sure to mention that BACON is the major ingredient -- that's always a big selling point at my house!  Luckily, VeganDad is off on a business trip this week, so we don't have to feel guilty about eating meat :)

Penne Rosa with Creamy Bacon Sauce

1 pkg rice pasta (penne style)
1 24 oz. jar of your favorite marinara sauce
1 14 oz can of coconut milk, creamy part only
1 Tbsp minced onion
1 jar mashed baby sweet potatoes
1 tsp salt
4 slices nitrite-free bacon

Cook pasta as directed.  Place bacon on a baking sheet and heat in oven for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.  Drain on paper towels when finished.  Cool and crumble.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, mix together marinara sauce, the creamy part of the coconut milk (reserve thin liquid for another use), minced onion, sweet potatoes (or you can substitute baby carrots), and salt.  Heat through, then add crumbled bacon.  Toss with pasta and serve warm.

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  1. this sounds really delicious! looks it too! :)

  2. Now this is cleaver! I've never thought about putting coconut cream into a tomato based sauce. I will definitely try this, as I put coconut milk into a majority of my soups. Thanks for the great idea!


  3. I'm with Amber, I've never thought of this before. I'm very intrigued and will give it a try too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What an interesting twist on pasta! It looks and sounds like a tasty meal :) My father used to us marinara and sour cream in an old Hungarian recipe that I can't even begin to pronounce, let alone spell lol. Thank you for sharing in 'Made From Scratch' Monday and hope to see you again next week :)

  5. I like the sound of this - and I love the hidden sweet potato! It would give a wonderful flavour to the sauce as well. Thank you for sharing your delicious pasta recipe.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays. I can't wait to make this for my husband who loves penne rosa. I love that you made this with coconut milk!

    Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

  7. This looks really tasty! I will definitely have to try and make it! Thanks

  8. sounds delicious..& I love the idea of adding coconut milk...I am sure it is tasty.Thanks for sharing with Midweek Fiesta...

  9. Just want to let you know I featured this recipe at allergy-free Wednesdays. Hope you'll come by and share some more!

  10. Mmm. This looks good. I will definitely have to try it!