Noodles with Zesty Italian Cheese and Fresh Tomato Sauce


Just made this for lunch, it’s delicious!  Used whole-wheat pasta, with Asiago cheese for the sauce.  It might be good with roasted red peppers instead of the tomatoes for wintertime.

Cheese Sauce:
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 c. milk
1 c. grated sharp Italian cheese, such as Asiago or Fontina
1 tsp. salt
1½ tsp. freshly ground pepper
Pinch of nutmeg

Fresh Tomato Sauce:
½ large red onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. red wine (optional)
4-5 fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil

1 lb. noodles
¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese
Cracked black pepper
Fresh purple basil leaves for garnish

To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter over low heat and blend in the flour, stirring for 3-5 minutes until well blended.  Slowly add the milk and simmer, stirring the sauce with a wire whisk until it has thickened and is smooth and hot.  Stir in the cheese or cheeses until they have melted and the sauce is thick and creamy.  Add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg; set aside and cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, to make the tomato sauce, lightly saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until soft.  Add the wine and the fresh tomatoes and toss together; cover and cook about 3 minutes on low.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Remove the pan from the heat and add the chopped fresh basil.

Toss the cooked noodles with the cheese sauce and serve with the fresh tomato sauce on top.  Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, cracked black pepper, and fresh purple basil leaves.

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1 Comment »

  1. Terri said

    Made just the tomato sauce and served it over spaghetti squash; it was really good!

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