Creamy Pasta Bread Bowl

This creamy tomato based pasta, loaded into a bread bowl and baked with cheese is sure to turn heads!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sourdough bread loaves
  • 1 lbs cooked pasta
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup pureed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preparation:

  1. Using a knife, cut a circular opening at the top of your sourdough bread loaf, approximately 75% of the surface area of the upper portion of the loaf.
  2. Remove bread from inside the loaf with your hands to create a bowl shape. Note: these are large bowls and can serve two people with smaller appetites.
  3. Cook 1lbs of al dente pasta. Place pasta into boiling water for 7-10 minutes, until soft but remaining somewhat firm.
  4. Add olive oil to a pan on high heat. 
  5. Add garlic and onion and cook for a few minutes until tenderized.
  6. Add tomato puree and paste, mix well.
  7. Stir in mint, black pepper and salt.
  8. Pour in cream and simmer until thickening occurs, typically around 5 minutes.
  9. Combine cooked pasta, sauce and parmesan.
  10. Add pasta to bread into bread bowls and cover opening of bowl with cheese of choice, we used marble.
  11. Broil in oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. 
  12. Remove from oven and serve.
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