Pasta with Creamy Chile Guajillo Sauce
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 12 oz thinly sliced mushrooms
- 5 garlic cloves thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3-4 guajillo chiles or for a spicier version ancho chiles
- ¼ cup hot water
- 5-7 tablespoons cream cheese or crema fresca
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 1lb pasta gluten free or regular
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano to serve
- Boil water and cook pasta according to package instructions.
- To make the sauce, toast the chiles on a hot skillet for five minutes. Remove the stem and seeds.
- Remove from heat and place in hot water. Let sit in hot water for about ten minutes or until pliable.
- To the glass of a blender, add the crema, the salt, the pepper and the chiles and the water where they soaked. Blend until creamy, adding a little bit of extra water if the blender is not running properly. Leave aside until ready to use.
- Heat a large skillet and add the extra virgin olive oil and then the mushrooms. Let them cook for three to five minutes.
- Add the sliced garlic and the teaspoon of salt, continue until the garlic slices begin to brown.
- Add the cooked and drained pasta to the skillet with the mushrooms and garlic. Add the sauce immediately, taste for seasoning. Adjust if necessary.
- Sprinkle with the dried oregano.
I can’t even tell you how easy it is to prepare this dish. This pasta with creamy chile guajillo sauce has the perfect balance of flavors and the ability to make every person in the room doubt that you even made it. It’s the kind of dish that you would devour at a fancy restaurant. The sauce is creamy and spicy without being hot—it’s just perfect.
I know there are a lot of people who cannot eat pasta due to gluten intolerance or other health problems. But despite these setbacks, in this whole foods day and age there is no need to deprive ourselves from eating pasta—there are very good gluten free pastas made from quinoa, rice, or even black beans and chickpeas. I have tried a lot of different brands and ingredient combinations but my favorite are definitely the brown rice pasta or the traditional hand made pasta.
Another way to enjoy pasta is with julienned or ribboned vegetables. I love zucchini noodles but I also love rutabaga noodles, carrot noodles, and spaghetti squash. All very easy to prepare, almost as easy as boiling water to cook pasta. This chile guajillo creamy sauce will go well with any kind of pasta, gluten free or regular, and I’m sure it will also be a hit with zucchini noodles.
The sauce is made by roasting the chiles in a pan and the blending them with cream cheese or crema fresca. I like to use almond cream cheese or cashew crema, but my mom uses regular crema and it works perfectly fine as well.