pink pasta sauce

Make Heart-Shaped Noodles with Pink Pasta Sauce This Valentine’s Day

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Pink pasta sauce is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Sure, chocolate and roses are great. But if your love language is pasta, you’ll swoon over this heart-shaped noodle! Paired with a perfectly pink sauce, there’s a whole lot to love.

Elena Davis shares where to find heart noodles, and her recipe for pink pasta sauce. Elena’s pink sauce comes together in 20 minutes. The deep red tomato sauce and the white cream combine to turn it a pink color! If you can’t find heart-shaped noodles, just pair it with your favorite pasta shape.

Find more recipes from Elena on Instagram, @cucinabyelena. Find the heart noodles here. Find Elena’s full recipe notes here.


Pink Pasta Sauce


  • 1 lb (454 grams) pasta of choice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can (28 oz) tomato puree
  • ½ tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup parmigiano (more for serving)
  • ½ cup fresh basil torn by hands (more for garnish)
  • Optional (red pepper flakes for serving)
  • Salt (for pasta water)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes or until onions are soft and translucent, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Pour in tomato puree and tomato paste. Stir well to combine. Add salt and bring to a soft boil, then lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente texture.
  4. Add cream, parmigiano cheese, and fresh basil to the creamy tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Let bubble for a few minutes on low heat. Turn off the heat. Take the pan off the stovetop.
  5. Reserve ¼ cup of pasta water and drain the pasta. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet with the reserved pasta water. Stir until well combined.
  6. Serve with extra parmigiano cheese, red pepper flakes (if deserved), and a few fresh basil leaves. Mangia! (Eat!)

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