Creamy Smoked Paprika Linguine

It’s hard to see with the naked eye, but there are actually winged baby cherubs flying around in this pasta.

They flit. They float. They fleetly flee they fly. (name that movie)

YOU GUYS. We need to talk about something. A few things. I’m nervous to tell you because if I vocalize it through my fingers then I have to follow through with it. Ugh, okay.

1) I’m starting a 7-day detox today. I KNOW – STUPID. No booze, no coffee, no . . . well that’s pretty much it. Only water, green tea and green juice for my lee-queed intake. The dinners won’t change much as you’ll, ahem, notice. But I’m forcing myself away from my routine breakfast tacos and going to focus on blueberries and yogurt and granola and I just fell asleep. I need more good detoxy things to eat. Hay-elp?

2) Obviously this pasta is okay to stay.

3) And the sauce, are you even ready for this?



Hold on it’s not over.

ROASTED. GARLIC. VILLAGE. (Aaron roasted it this time around and duuuude, it was like paste squeezing out of a tube. I died. And then licked it off my fingers. And then fleetly fleed and flied. flew. flied. (did you guess the movie yet?)

Okay and THEN. Remember the sauce that nearly sent me to the ER a couple of weeks ago? Well, all antes were upped, flitted, floated and fleetly flewed (wanna punch me yet?) because this time we added white wine, honey, the roasted garlic and the smoked paprika, BAM.

I change my mind. I’m going on a creamy smoked paprika sauce cleanse for the next 7 days.

I am so not even joking right now.

I flit, I float, I fleetl – OKAY OKAY.

…ly flee I fly. I COULDN’T HELP IT.

p.s. make this and discover living.

Creamy Smoked Paprika Linguine:

What it took for 2:

* 1 head garlic, end lopped off
* 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 Tbs. butter
* 2 Tbs. flour
* 1/4 cup dry white wine
* 1 tsp honey
* 1 cup milk
* 1/8th tsp cayenne pepper
* 1 tsp smoked paprika
* 1/2 pound linguine pasta
* 1/4 cup chopped parsley
* 1/4 cup toasted whole wheat breadcrumbs
* fresh parmesan cheese for garnish
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400.

Place the garlic head in a small sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle with oil and a tiny pinch of salt. Wrap up and roast 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Once the bubbling slows, whisk in the flour. Once fully combined, pour in the wine and whisk about 30 seconds. It won’t burn off. It will just enhance the flavor of the sauce. Add the honey and whisk another 10 seconds. Pour in the milk and slowly whisk until it thickens into a nice cream sauce, 2 minutes. Add the cayenne, smoked paprika, a small pinch of salt and pepper; stir to combine.

Transfer sauce to a small food processor. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves into the sauce. They should just slide out of their skins. Blitz the sauce until well combined. Transfer back to sauce pan to keep warm. Oh! Taste it. Need more heat? Add more paprika. Need a little more salt? Do it.

In the meantime, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain all but about 1/3 cup pasta water and return to pot. Pour the cream sauce over the pasta and toss to coat. If it’s too thick, add some pasta water to thin the sauce to your desired consistency.

Serve pasta garnished with breadcrumbs and chopped parsley. And fresh parmesan. Do that. Good grief do that.


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43 Responses to Creamy Smoked Paprika Linguine

  1. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings May 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm #
    Yum! Good luck with the detox...I just recently became a coffee drinker, and I don't know what I would do without And now, I want to sing songs from the Sound of Music :)
  2. Villy @ For the love of Feeding May 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm #
    I can follow a detox program based on eating this dish and nothing else for a week. Easy.
  3. Lauren May 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm #
    Perfection!!! In love with this!
  4. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch May 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm #
    I love smoked paprika and I know that this has to taste amazing, Bev!
  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm #
    Sound of Music! This pasta looks fabulous!
  6. Heather (Heather's Dish) May 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm #
    Oh the FLAVAH! Love!
  7. Amy May 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm #
    Sound of Music, baby! I live for musicals. Interesting re: 7 day detox. Paul and I are talking about eating clean for a month, but damn, I don't know if I could live without my white foods *whimper*
  8. Jil May 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm #
    Sound of Music, of course! Looks so good, Bev Can't wait to try this too! Also tried the Curried Chickpea and Kale with tofu last night. 4 words....thank rock! :)
  9. Alyssa @ Queen of Quinoa May 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm #
    Gorgeous! This looks and sounds absolutely perfect for a hot spring night. Will definitely be making it for dinner this week - the boyfriend will think he died and went to heaven :) Thanks!! xo Alyssa
  10. Natanya @ Fete & Feast May 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm #
    That just looks amazing. My daughter is all about cream sauces these days and I think she'd love to try and make this one. Nicely done!
  11. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche May 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm #
    This looks divine (and I hate that word so I don't use it lightly!)
  12. Ryan @ Spicy Richmond May 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm #
    Can I come over for lunch? Looks so good!
  13. Lisa | With Style and Grace May 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm #
    awesome. now, if only this were a delivery system...
  14. Deanna B. May 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm #
    I've been reobsessed with smoked paprika for the last week. You and your psychic powers are awesome.
  15. Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac May 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm #
    So much goodness in one bowl of pasta!!!!
  16. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective May 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm #
    Niiiiiice. I think I'll join you on that cleanse. :)
  17. Julie @ Table for Two May 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm #
    omg, get in my face
  18. Cassie May 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm #
    I just replenished my stash of smoked paprika this weekend. This sauce is calling my name!
  19. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm #
    I am making this soon - looks insane!
  20. Kathryn May 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm #
    I have a pretty little tin of smoked paprika, just waiting to be turned into this.
  21. Rachel Cooks May 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm #
    Bevvvvvvvvvvvvv this looks amazing. I need to get my husband on the garlic train, stat. Good luck with the detox!
  22. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm #
    I love using smoked paprika and this looks like it would SO fit the bill for cheating on my good girl diet lately. Thanks, Bev! Also, I'm having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!
  23. Denise @ Creative Kitchen May 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm #
    I love smoked paprika and use it quite a bit in my kitchen. This pasta dish will make it on my menu SOON. Yes, incredible!! You have to try my hungarian meatballs (with paprika!!).
  24. Shefali May 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm #
    This looks ridiculously delish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  25. marla May 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm #
    Think I saw the little cherubs buzz by. After my 5th cup of coffee. I could live on smoked paprika. Even bettah with the carbs :)
  26. Cookie and Kate May 22, 2012 at 12:58 am #
    Your detox doesn't allow for wine? hoooboy. At least you have this linguine?
  27. Maria May 22, 2012 at 3:13 am #
    LOVE this pasta! Like I want to marry it love! Good luck with the detox. Water is the only beverage I drink-occasionally herbal tea, but that's really it. You can do it:)
  28. Deborah May 22, 2012 at 3:40 am #
    I. am. in. love!
  29. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm #
    We are on the same wave-length again. I started trying to drink just water a week ago. I must admit that I do feel better knowing that I am getting my water intake now. But, talking about water is not fun. What is fun is this pasta. Please know that you can never, ever stop blogging. Because, if you do, my menu planning would be so utterly and completely lost.
  30. Aggie May 23, 2012 at 11:24 am #
    I'm obsessed with smoked paprika. And I need to make roasted garlic more often. Girl you outdid yourself here, perfection!!!
  31. Aggie May 23, 2012 at 11:26 am #
    Oh, Ezekiel toast w almond butter and sliced strawberries, breakfast - try it. I stopped drinking alcohol on weekdays. And I'm mad about it. Lol. Good luck w the detox!
  32. brandi May 25, 2012 at 12:34 am #
    you are quoting sound of music? how are we not related?!?
  33. Mercedes St. John May 26, 2012 at 2:56 am #
    Did you use Spanish Smoked Paprika (pimenton)?
    • Bev Weidner May 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm #
      I sure did, Mercedes! LOVE the stuff.
  34. Alexis {Diva on a Diet} May 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm #
    Gawd, am I glad I came across this! I am really loving paprika right now. I'm gonna have to find a way to fit this into my diet! Thanks for this!
  35. Christine June 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm #
    Just made it tonight. Delish.
  36. Michelle June 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm #
    Love paprika!! gotta make this! and what's the movie lady! I couldn't guess it :(
  37. Arthur in the Garden! July 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm #
  38. Julian April 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm #
    My wife and I really like the idea of this, but I have to admit that chucking a whole head of garlic in the oven for 40minutes seems like an absolute waste of Electricity/Gas. Is there a substitute?
    • Bev Weidner April 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm #
      Well, it's a roasted garlic cream sauce, but you could always leave it out! (but it's really, really good) Or, while you have the oven on, maybe roast a bunch of veggies for a side dish, so it doesn't seem like such a waste.


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