Happy Fiesta Friday, everyone! Angie’s party is always my most social event of the week! 😀
My dish for FF8 is rigatoni pasta in a mushroom and spinach tomato cream sauce. There are a bunch of other ingredients in the sauce, but I didn’t think “Rigatoni with Onion, Bell Pepper, Garlic, Mushroom, Pancetta, Tomato, Cream, and Wine Sauce” had a nice ring to it. Anyhow, I thought I’d bring a nice creamy, carb-loaded dish to the party since people are starting to think I’m super healthy with my avocado, chia, and green smoothie recipes. I wish I made healthier food choices all the time, but alas, my tastebuds lean toward fatty, deep-fried, and sugary. Terrible, I know. But oh so satisfying! 😉
Now here’s my recipe. Please feel free to add, omit, and substitute to your heart’s content. If you want a vegetarian version, simply leave out the pancetta. Don’t have any pancetta? Use some bacon. Don’t have bacon? Use Italian sausage. (Which is really great and how I originally made this pasta sauce.) The key to this sauce is taking the time to cook everything down, down, down. This process allows the flavors to intensify and blend together. So take your time, sip some wine, and stir away!
Rigatoni with Mushroom and Spinach Tomato Cream Sauce
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 package baby bella mushrooms, sliced
- 1 package baby spinach
- 5-6 cloves garlic
- 8 oz. pancetta, chopped
- 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- salt and pepper, to taste
- parmesan cheese
- 16 oz. rigatoni
Heat two tablespoons olive oil in a large pan. Saute the onion, bell peppers, and mushrooms on medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes, or until softened and slightly caramelized. (The amount of veggies will seem like a lot, but they will cook down a great deal.) Add the pancetta and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the cream and let simmer 10-15 minutes, or until the cream has reduced and thickened. Stir in the red wine and crushed tomatoes and simmer an additional 15-20 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. I salt this sauce at the end since everything cooks down and you don’t want it to be overly salty, especially if you had it perfectly seasoned at the start.
Meanwhile cook the rigatoni according to package instructions. One minute before the rigatoni is done, remove the tomato cream sauce from the heat and gently fold in the spinach. Drain the pasta well and add it to the pot. The residual heat from the sauce and pasta will be enough to wilt the spinach.
Top with shaved parmesan cheese and enjoy!
Now for a couple of cell phone pullbacks of my shooting set-up:
Love that “bite shot” Patty! Tomato + Cream = nom nom!
Thanks, Sue! That shot is one of my favorites!
Happy Fiesta Friday Patty! I’ll be over soon…LOL
Hurry, Victoria! And don’t forget that wine of yours! 😀
Oh snap! The Wine! Ugh, now I have to turn around and go back home…LOL
No no! That’ll take too long! I have some bottles here! Just grab those scones! 😉
Ok, on my way! For reals this time…LOL
You found my secret pasta crush – rigatoni! Fabulous pics as usual Patty – and the dish sounds perfect 🙂
Thanks, Nancy! I love using rigatoni because it is the perfect little sauce pocket!
Which is exactly why I love it so!
Looks so savory and comforting, Patty! Love the colors. Happy Fiesta Friday indeed 🙂
Thanks, Lisa! TGIF!!
This pasta dish sounds so good–and I love your photos! 🙂
Thanks, Nancy! My new bundtlette pan is still sitting on the counter, waiting to be used! Poor thing. 😉
Looks great and hope it would taste even better 🙂
Have a great weekend…
Thanks, Sreejith! I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
These pasta looks fresh, delicious and perfect Patty 🙂 I love the picture with the parmesan!
Linda…I have to confess…I so much cheese as I was taking that picture…nom nom nom!!
Well done on the recipe and the photos. I love that beautiful bottle of milk!
Yes, same here! They are a local creamery and I love that their products come in glass bottles!
Sounds delicious… I hope everyone at the Fiesta will try both of our spinach and mushroom dishes! 🙂 Yours looks really good!
Oooh, we are on the same cooking wavelength! I love it! Your dish looks scrumptious!
Yes, please, I’ll take ALL the carbs. This dish is more better, if you ask me. 🙂 I love seeing your photography setup–it’s making me more aware when taking photos. Plus, Bailey is so cute, hiding there!
Mmm…carbs…they are my bff (don’t tell Bailey!). My wish is to have a home where I can have my own little photography studio. It’s sort of annoying to have to use my dining room!
Yes, I can imagine it must be hard for you, Patty. You take such exquisite photos! I love how artful you are in your craft. I read on a blog that this woman takes photos in her bathroom because that’s where the best lighting is. I guess we all just do what we can. 🙂 But I hope you get your studio someday. Please pass the pasta, again!
No need to pass the dish, Ngan! Grab a fork and we’ll dig in together!
Patty, you didn’t link your photo, hon. I can link it for you if you want. Any of them will do, they’re all beautiful shots and they’re making me very hungry! I have a weakness for pasta of all kinds and your rigatoni makes my mouth water. YUM!
Angie, I just did! I had this post scheduled for 6 am this morning and didn’t get the chance to link until now! 😀
School got in the way? Don’t tell my principal, I was viewing the links in school. Hahaha… was too excited to see what everybody was bringing and couldn’t wait! This comment is safe on your site, right? Shhh…
I have the day off!!!! Wheeeee! So we’re all safe!! 😉 I’m leaving for Monterey in about half an hour and I’ve been making my way through all the posts for the fiesta. I was able to read through and comment on every one so far!
Love, love, love this post!! Everything about it is sooo awesome!, The recipe is simply mouth watering – and you know I am a big fan of your photos! Love those of the cooking process, especially the parmesan one, lovely! And I really love to see your behind-the-scenes shots, I am learning a lot from them! 🙂 I decided, I really need to get some foam board to reflect back some light when shooting in front of a window! Thanks for another delightful post and contribution to FF! 🙂
You’re so sweet, Sylvia! I was happy I had time to take more pictures of the cooking process this time. I need more hours in the day so I can enjoy my hobbies! Let me know if you decide to get a foam board and what you think of it! 🙂
Patty- this looks so, so, so, so good!!! Can I come over?! 🙂 And your pics are amazing, as usual! Love seeing Bailey down there watching you!
Lori, that would be fabulous if you came over! Bailey likes to watch me until he gets bored. Then he curls up on his bed and waits for treats. 🙂
Patty- I’m convinced we would have lots of fun! We’d cook, hang out with Bailey, take some photos (of which I would watch you closely so I could learn from you 🙂 ), we’d eat. we’d probably make a mess, and we’d laugh a lot! 🙂
And ruin spatulas!! That’s the most important part, Lori! We’ll forever be bonded by broken cooking utensils! Hahah! 😛
Hahaha! So true! Don’t laugh too hard, but my hubby just had to buy me 4 new ones! 🙂
Hey, new kitchen toys are always fun!
Patty, your photos are gorgeous! I love the one by the window at the end… really pretty. And needless to say… what a tasty looking pasta dish!! love all the ingredients and how you treated them
Thanks, Paul! I love pasta. Probably a little bit too much! 😉
hahahahah dont we all! 🙂
This looks super delicious, Patty! I absolutely love easy pasta dishes! 🙂
Thanks, Jessica! Easy pasta dishes are dangerous. I end up making too much then eating too much! Then I smile and repeat the process!
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this looks so delicious – my mouth is already watering and I just had lunch! yum!
Thanks, Laura! The leftovers were pretty tasty as well!
Wow Patty, even your step-wise photos are breath-taking. You make simple ingredients look so beautiful! And the dish looks delicious of course 🙂
Thanks, Naina! Happy Friday to you and your munchkin! 😀
I’m making a hearty pasta tonight that’s similar to this. Now I wish I had peppers around. Oh well, I’ll have to try it out your way some time soon. I love the behind the scene pics! I struggle with taking good pictures, so you’re a great person to learn from!
Just keep shooting and figure out why you don’t like certain pictures! That’s how I learned! I can’t wait to hear about your pasta, Jillian!
Oh, love that creamy sauce! Thank you for posting the photo shoot setup shots – I am trying to figure out better angles, lighting, etc. You are an amazing photographer and I love your creations in the kitchen, Patty! Happy Friday! -Laura
Thanks, Laura! That’s so nice of you to say! Happy Friday to you as well!
Ah, Patty! You should offer photography classes someday! Your photos are too awesome. I will be the first to sign up. 😉 I know it’s probably a silly question, but what is Fiesta Friday? Seems to be a bandwagon that I should consider jumping on?
Haha, I’m actually in training to be an instructor for a local photography company! I’m nervous! Also, please join us every Friday at The Novice Gardener for Fiesta Friday! It’s an amazing group of bloggers and we have so much fun! You will love it, Bonnie! Just click on this link for more information!
Let me know if you have any questions!
OMG…where would you teach? Aren’t you in CA somewhere? I would love to learn more! I went to a food photography seminar by Helen Dujardin (from the blog, Tartelette) last year…it was incredible!
And thanks for the link…will definitely check it out! 😉
Here in Sacramento! You are so lucky to have attended that seminar! Color me green with envy!
Stunning photos and lovely pasta! Have a great Fiesta Friday. 🙂
Thanks and same to you!
Looks delicious, Patty (as usual)! What do you mean not healthy? Spinach, tomatoes — healthy! Love the cute pull-backs, too — great insider view 🙂
You’ve forgotten the cream and pork fat, Neely! They cancel out the veggies big time. 😉
See what you did, Noony? Got me all worked up about noodles! 🙂
Wow, these look really, really good, I love cream and mushrooms 🙂
Thanks, Catherine! So do I!
As everyone has already said, your photography is absolutely amazing! That bell pepper and parmesan process shots are fantastic.. makes me want to cook! And Bailey is soooo cute peeking in from the window like that! And thanks for sharing the process photos.. it’s like a picture tutorial on how it’s done! 🙂
Thanks so much for the kind words, Priya! I don’t often have time to do process shots, but I love when I do. I’m so glad you like them!
This is a wonderful pasta recipe. So creamy and perfect. Stunning photographs too.
Thanks so much! Creamy pasta sauces are my favorite. 🙂
made this for lunch today it was sooooo awesome! love your blog by the way!
Hurrah, I’m so glad you did! Thanks for stopping by to let me know! I love it!! 😀
Pasta, pasta, pasta – love, love, love! Peek-a-boo I see you 🙂
Thanks, Juju! We love pasta, too! But not as much as we love Bailey! 🙂
The one bite photo says it all…delicioso!
Thanks, Karen!! I hope you’re having a great weekend!
Such a delicious looking pasta Patty! And as usual lovely, tempting photographs.
Thanks, Sadia! 😀
Love the shots. That is a great shot of the forkful…how many arms do you have? You must be an octopus!
Bailey was holding the fork for me! Duh!!
Hmmm, talented like his mama…
Yes, of course. Glad you noticed that. 😛
Looks so rich and inviting with that creamy sauce! And fabulous pics as always!
What a wonderful rigatoni, Patty. I like creamy sauces, especially savory one like this.
Thanks, Fae! Creamy is the best!
Patty…you rocked this one right out of the house!! Holy smokes, this is a beautiful dish. I’m so excited about it!! Yum!! We have the same towel….the green one that reminds me of a bandana!! Lol.. I love that darn thing. Use it in a lot of my photos. I loved how you shared your photo set up… that’s so cool. It’s one thing that I really need to work on. Ok, one of many things I need to work on, but you, my friend, have mastered this. I’m so impressed, and so happy to know you. ❤
Did you get it at Target, Prudy?? I love it, too! It goes with pretty much everything! And you’re so sweet with your compliments. I had to share what you wrote with my boyfriend and he says you’re so kind and supportive! I’m so very happy to know you as well, Prudy!! xoxoxo
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Thanks, Polianthus!! I feel so sunshine-y now! 😀
well shine on into sunday evening Patty!
Hi there Bailey! I’ll take a full plate Patty! Looks great! Is it too much to ask for a vegetarian version?
Hi Gerard! A vegetarian version will be easy peasy to whip up! We’ll just leave out the pancetta for you! 😀
Woohoo! Thank you very much!
Such a treat to the eyes, Patty! We have been analysing your pictures and hopefully learning 🙂 . BTW we made a version of your triple berry green smoothie. We basically used your listed ingredients and a few others. Do you mind if we put it up and then link it back to yours? Also, of course we can spot Bailey. We can spot him all the way from Cincinnati ;).
That’s so great that you tried the smoothie! I’d love to see your take on it!!
Aren’t the days lengthening just great for taking more shots? It’s usually so hectic to try and get everything ready by a certain time. Now I can start to relax more and enjoy the cooking process.
That’s spicy! You like your crushed red peppers. I’ve recently bought thee most gorgeous cayenne pepper, that’s almost orange red and smells kind of sweet. A quarter teaspoon for one person and that’s nicely hot.
Ooh I need to see pics of this cayenne pepper of yours! And yes, it’s so nice to feel less rushed while cooking! What a luxury, right??
Just so beautify, Patty! Your shots make me salivate and I can’t wait to try making your dish!
Thanks, Julianna! You’ll have to share your take on it!
Patty : that’s my kind of sauce..mushrooms and spinach and not so red marinara sauce…..minus the pancetta ;)))… save a bowl for me girl….slurrrpppp.
Coming right up, Sonal! 😛
Yay…doing happy dance :).
I would dance with you, but I have no rhythm and might dislocate something. 😉
Umm…a full big bowl please 🙂
Oh yes, overflowing!
Now that’s what I call a pasta dish! 😀
Looks amazing! I’m trying to figure out how to veganize it.
Omit the pancetta and cheese, and use blended silken tofu in place of the cream!
My mouth is watering! The sauce looks so savory. And yes, thank heavens for more daylight…I was always scrambling to shoot all my shots on the weekends in the winter because by the time I get home from work on the weekdays, the sun had already gone down.
By the way is that “white wood” actually wallpaper? Lol very clever Patty
Rakhi, the white wood is a photography backdrop! I use the 3×2 size, which is perfect for food shots. They run about $20 for the smallest size at Ink & Elm. I just purchased a few more and can’t wait until they get here!
I’ve been buying some new props lately, mostly just place mats and napkins and textured cloths for my backdrops, can’t wait to shoot with them. But thanks for the tip Patty 🙂
Ooh, can’t wait to see what you do with them!
Lovely food and gorgeous photos…too bad I wasn’t able to join the party this Friday! Enjoyed seeing the photos of your set-up.
Thanks so much, Laila! 😀
AHHHH Thank you for giving me something else to Pin and make for dinner this week, looks AMAZING!!!!!!
I hope you enjoy it, Stephanie! 😀
Wow, this looks really delicious! ♥
Thanks, Juvee! 😀