This pasta dish is actually quite easy to make, though the sauce will taste like you spent hours on it. Serve with warm garlic bread and a salad and you have a delicious meal.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan combine pasta sauce, half and half, garlic, salt, pepper, nutmeg and basil. Simmer over low heat for 45 to 50 minutes; do not boil.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  • Toss pasta with sauce and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

425 calories; protein 12.5g; carbohydrates 61.6g; fat 14.5g; cholesterol 28.5mg; sodium 1273mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (104)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2003
This was fantastic! I did make some minor adjustments to the recipe. I used one 14 oz. can diced tomatoes and one 14 oz. can of tomato puree instead of the 28 oz. jar of pasta sauce. I used cream instead of half and half and I added 1 Tbsp. of sugar. We served it over cheese tortellini and it was delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/01/2008
Sorry this was just kind of boring for us. I love vodka cream sauces and don't find them to be bland at all - maybe that is what I was missing from this. I will not be making again. Read More
(11)
132 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 70
  • 4 star values: 48
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2003
This was fantastic! I did make some minor adjustments to the recipe. I used one 14 oz. can diced tomatoes and one 14 oz. can of tomato puree instead of the 28 oz. jar of pasta sauce. I used cream instead of half and half and I added 1 Tbsp. of sugar. We served it over cheese tortellini and it was delicious! Read More
(65)
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2007
Yum. I could eat this sauce with a spoon. Very delicious. I used heavy whipping cream since that is what I had and then tossed it with 24 ozs cooked spaghetti. Think next time I will use less spaghetti so that it is saucier. I wanted to dip my bread in this. Will definately make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2007
Winner Dinner! What a easy & wonderful tasting sauce. I used Classico Traditional Sweet Basil sauce. I loved the hint of nutmeg in the sauce (I used fresh grated nutmeg so it may have been a bit stronger). Teamed with Fast & Friendly Meatballs from this site for a family pleasing meal. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2008
This was very good. I used milk instead of half and half and some stewed tomatoes blended up instead of the pasta sauce. It took a while to boil the extra liquid off but it came out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2008
So easy and so good did not change a thing. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2003
Thank goodness I heeded others advice about the excess sauce - used 12oz pasta instead of only 8oz and it still alot of sauce leftover. BUT it was delicious! I too used a "garden chunky" pasta sauce (that has green peppers onions & mushrooms) and I steamed some fresh broccoli - I placed the pasta on the plate then the sauce then the broccoli and finally sprinkled the parmesan and a little mozzerella cheese overall. Very "pretty" and VERY tasty. No guest would guess that it was soooo easy to make. Thank you much Brenda!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2008
very easy quick dinner. The key to this recipe is it will only be as good as the ingredients you use. So if you try to get away with a cheap spag. sauce you may get a bland result. The higher quality sauces tend to have little chunks of veggies and more flavour to start with therefore your end result will be more flavourfull. I also added roasted red/yellow/orange peppers. I have done this before but completely forgot about it! thanks for the reminder. Lorrie Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2007
This was perfect. I used a can of tomatoes that I simmered down for the sauce and then added the rest of the ingredients. Can't wait to try it with tomatoes from the garden. I really like the nutmeg and used 1% cream instead of the half and half. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2008
While this was good it was a lot of work for something that you can pretty much get from a jar anyway - for example a pasta vodka creamy tomato sauce. I did make it exactly what the recipe called for and served it over tortellini but it is definitely NOT a quick meal. It takes some time to prepare. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/01/2008
Sorry this was just kind of boring for us. I love vodka cream sauces and don't find them to be bland at all - maybe that is what I was missing from this. I will not be making again. Read More
(11)
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