I have had a bad week, and in such situations, the only thing to do is cook. I find cooking to be extremely therapeutic. Even when you are feeling sorry for yourself, there is always comfort in collecting ingredients, mixing them together, feeling the warmth of an active kitchen, and then stuffing yourself full of food. There are plenty of rewarding reasons to cook for other people, and I absolutely love throwing dinner parties. But there is also something about the privacy and self-indulgence of cooking only for yourself that, for me, is a cure for all ills.

With this in mind, I went grocery shopping at 10:30 last night and made Pasta with Spicy Sun-Dried-Tomato Cream Sauce. It’s easy and fast to make, but tastes delicious and includes cream, an ingredient I cannot resist. I happened to have made some orzo already made, so I just used that, but would prefer it with penne or a nice thick spaghetti. Next time I would add little bits of bacon too. See the link below or find the recipe after the jump.

{Recipe from Bon Appétit, October 2000; from Epicurious}

Pasta with Spicy Sun-Dried-Tomato Cream Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 7.25-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add tomatoes, cream, red peppers and crushed red pepper; simmer over medium heat 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup basil and simmer 1 minute longer.

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot. Add sauce, cheese and 1/2 cup basil and toss to coat. Add enough reserved cooking liquid to pasta to moisten if dry. Season with salt and pepper.

{recipe copies from Epicurious}