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Italian Pink Sauce – Rose Pasta

Italian Pink Pasta

You know that feeling when you stumble upon a recipe that just blows your mind? This Italian pink sauce pasta went viral in 2022, and for a good reason. This recipe is a perfect marriage of marinara and alfredo. And let’s talk about that dreamy pink hue, it’s like food for the eyes before it even hits your taste buds. It’s the best of both worlds, plus, making this rose pasta is super easy.  

Ingredients to make Italian pink sauce

  • Your choice of pasta
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste  
  • Minced onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Butter 
  • Shredded parmesan 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning  
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • Red pepper
  • Cilantron, garnishing
Italian Pink Pasta Ingredients

How to make Italian Pink Pasta

  • Cook your pasta according to the package instructions until it’s al dente. Drain and set aside, reserving about 1 cup of pasta water.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt some butter. Add in the minced onion and garlic, sautéing until they become fragrant and translucent.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, allowing it to blend with the onions and garlic.
  • Sprinkle in the oregano and salt. Mix everything well.
  • Lower the heat and pour in the tomato sauce, heavy cream, and Italian seasoning, stirring until the sauce turns a shade of pink and thickens slightly. Let it simmer gently for a few more minutes.
  • Add the cooked pasta, tossing it gently to coat each strand with the pink sauce. If the sauce seems too thick, you can add some of the reserved pasta water.
  • Once everything is nicely combined, sprinkle a generous amount of shredded parmesan cheese. Give it a final toss to melt the cheese and incorporate it into the sauce.
  • Serve your Italian pink sauce pasta hot, garnished with fresh cilantro.
Italian Pink Pasta

Adding shrimp to your pink pasta 

Adding shrimp is a way to level up your pink sauce and my tip for cooking the shrimp will give your dish a unique and delicious flavor. What you need: 

  • ½ pound shrimp 
  • 1 tsp fish sauce 
  • Olive oil 
  • Minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sugar 

You’re probably thinking, fish sauce? Italian don’t hate me for this, but adding fish sauce to your shrimp will give this dish much more flavor. It’s like a lot of pasta dishes use anchovies to give them a boost of flavor. Trust me on this!

You want to saute the garlic with olive oil, and add in shrimp, fish sauce, and sugar. Continue stirring until the shrimp is cooked. Make sure to not cook it for too long or you might overcook it. 

Combine your pasta and shrimp. Garnish with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes as desired. 

Italian Pink Pasta

FAQs

Can I make the pink sauce ahead of time, and freeze the pink sauce? 

Yes, you can make the sauce ahead of time and freeze them. When ready to serve, don’t warm the sauce in the microwave, as you might accidentally overheat it and cause the cream to split. Make sure to thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat it on the stove over medium heat until it is warm enough NOT to boil.

Why do you add tomato paste to tomato sauce?

Tomato paste is an great addition to tomato sauce because it helps enhance the flavor. Tomato paste is made from tomatoes that have been cooked down until they form a thick paste. This is why it is often used in dishes with tomatoes to make the meal rich in flavors. 

Can Italian Pink Sauce be made with canned tomatoes?

Yes, Italian Pink Sauce can be made with canned tomatoes. You can use diced or crushed tomatoes, depending on your preference. Just be sure to drain the excess liquid from the can before adding the tomatoes to the sauce.

Italian Pink Pasta

Rose Shrimp Pasta - Italian Pink Sauce

If you find yourself in love with both tomato and cream-based pasta sauces, this Italian pink sauce recipe is the one for you! This sauce is easy to make and combines both marinara and alfredo, providing a great balance of flavors. The outcome is a lovely pink color that is perfect to use in a variety of pasta dishes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • Your choice of pasta
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Minced onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Butter
  • Shredded parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • Red pepper
  • Cilantron garnishing

Instructions
 

  • Cook your pasta according to the package instructions until it’s al dente. Drain and set aside, reserving about 1 cup of pasta water.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt some butter. Add in the minced onion and garlic, sautéing until they become fragrant and translucent.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, allowing it to blend with the onions and garlic.
  • Sprinkle in the oregano and salt. Mix everything well.
  • Lower the heat and pour in the tomato sauce, heavy cream, and Italian seasoning, stirring until the sauce turns a shade of pink and thickens slightly. Let it simmer gently for a few more minutes.
  • Add the cooked pasta, tossing it gently to coat each strand with the pink sauce. If the sauce seems too thick, you can add some of the reserved pasta water.
  • Once everything is nicely combined, sprinkle a generous amount of shredded parmesan cheese. Give it a final toss to melt the cheese and incorporate it into the sauce.
  • Serve your Italian pink sauce pasta hot, garnished with fresh cilantro.

Notes

Make sure to simmer the sauce on low heat so it doesn't split up the heavy cream while you're cooking. 
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