Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon butter
1 green onion
1 small onion or shallot
2 garlic cloves
1/2 red pepper
2 tablespoon Philadelphia roasted red pepper cream cheese
2 tablespoon flour
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon crushed chili peppers
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
dash paprika
dash oregano
dash basil
chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS:

Dice onions, garlic and red pepper. Sauté onions, red peppers and garlic in butter until soft and tender. Add flour and stir. Slowly add milk and melt in Parmesan and cream cheese. Add spices to taste. Top with fresh chopped parsley.
Sauce will thicken upon standing. Add less milk or more flour for a thicker sauce.

Submitted by: Alyssa Michalsky

Fast Creamy Pasta Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

4 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 c. heavy cream
1/2 tsp. dried basil

DIRECTIONS:

In a small saucepan, melt butter in oil. Add garlic, cheese, and basil, stirring to blend over medium-low heat. Stir in cream.
Makes about 1 cup of sauce that can be tossed on your favorite pasta.

For a variation, try adding a can of chicken noodle soup along with your cooked pasta when sauce is done. Heat and serve.

Gluten-Free Pasta In Spicy Peanut

INGREDIENTS:

lb. gluten-free spaghetti or linguini (Deboles, Thai Kitchen, or Tinkyada)
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 small red onion, peeled and minced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon good curry powder (as hot as you prefer)
a good pinch of cayenne pepper, or more, for desired heat
2/3 cup all natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon wheat-free tamari sauce
3 tablespoons rice or apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups hot gluten-free vegetable (or chicken) broth
sea salt and freshly ground white pepper,
to taste
Garnishes::
4 green onions, chopped
small bowl of flaked coconut
small bowl of chopped peanuts

DIRECTIONS:

Bring a large pot of salted, fresh water to a rolling boil and (following the cooking directions on the pasta package) cook the pasta to al dente, firm but tender to the bite. Rinse and set aside in a warmed serving bowl.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and sauté the onion for about 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, curry powder and cayenne and stir 1 minute. Add the peanut butter, brown sugar,tamari sauce, and vinegar, and stir to make a smooth paste. Slowly begin adding the heated broth, stirring or whisking to blend. Heat through gently. Taste for seasoning adjustments, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the peanut sauce on the noodles and toss well. Serve at the table, and offer small bowls of chopped green onions, flaked coconut and chopped fresh peanuts for garnish. Add more nutrition by tossing in cooked vegetables, tofu, shrimp, leftover chicken pieces, etc. Serves 4.

Submitted by: Karri Ann Allrich