Yiayia’s Creamy Pasta
When I tell you this dish was my most requested to my grandmother, I do not exaggerate. I loved this creamy goodness with my heart and soul when I was a kid, the only difference was that my yiayia used to make it with spaghetti.
So let’s talk about the beauty of this dish. The best parts of this pasta plate is that it is undeniably creamy from mostly non dairy ingredients. I love creamy from heavy cream too but this happens to be a little less fatty then its dairy counterpart. Why is it creamy? That happens thanks to the starch of the potatoes AND the pasta (which cooks in with the tomato potato sauce).
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Yiayia’s Creamy Pasta
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 large shallot, sliced
- 12 oz campari tomatoes, halved
- 3 medium potatoes, cut into tiny chunks
- 1 tbs tomato paste
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3-4 cups low sodium vegetable broth (or water)
- 1.5 cups small pasta
- 1/2 cup freshly grated pecorinno romano cheese
- fresh basil for garnish
- Add your oil to a pot and saute your shallot for 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes for another 2 minutes. Add in the potatoes and tomato paste and toss all to coat for another few minutes. Season with salt, pepper to taste.
- Next pour in your broth or water, bring to a simmer, lower the heat and cover your pot for 10 minutes. Uncover and stir in your pasta. Allow the pasta to cook, stirring occasionally until al dente (IF the sauce dries up and the pasta still hasn't cooked, simply add more liquid until the pasta is cooked). I like to pick out the tomato skins at this point. Remove the pot from the heat source and stir in your grated cheese. Serve in bowls with more cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and fresh cracked black pepper. Garnish with basil.
my boyfriend and I really enjoyed this! might have messed up the liquid ratio on my part, and had to add more liquid towards the end.
Hi Mush, That happens to me sometimes too, if the heat on the burner is high the liquid disappears fast. Thanks for taking the time to rate the dish!
Another great recipe! My YiaYia passed some time ago and I miss her dearly. She used to make a similar dish. This recipe brought back all of the feels. Thank you!
Hi Andrea, glad this dish resonated with you! Thanks for the kind words and sharing your story!