Christmas Eve Pasta

Christmas Eve Pasta

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This flavorful and delicious Christmas Eve Pasta has become a holiday tradition in our house. 
It can feed a crowd, and the sauce can be made ahead, making it the perfect holiday dish!
This flavorful and delicious Christmas Eve Pasta has become a holiday tradition in our house. It can feed a crowd, and the sauce can be made ahead, making it the perfect holiday dish!
Over the years our Christmas Eve traditions have mostly stayed the same, but I like to change our menu up from time to time. For years we enjoyed appetizers that night after returning from mass. My mom and I would make a huge spread of both hot and cold appetizers and we'd all sit and enjoy our feast while watching Christmas movies. Although I still love doing that, recently this Christmas Eve Pasta has become a new favorite tradition. The homemade sauce, filled with pancetta, Italian sausage, peppers and onions, can be made ahead of time so there isn't much to do when you're ready to eat. Just cook up a batch of fresh pasta and you're ready to go!

This flavorful and delicious Christmas Eve Pasta has become a holiday tradition in our house. It can feed a crowd, and the sauce can be made ahead, making it the perfect holiday dish!
I have always loved pasta and red sauce and I've been eating it for as long as I can remember. When I was pregnant with my oldest I started getting heartburn, which is so common among pregnant ladies! Most of the time it goes away after the baby is born, but not for me. Fast forward 20 years (yes, I am THAT old!) and I have heartburn worse now than ever before. The doctors say you should stay away from spicy foods, tomato based foods, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, soda, etc. That presents a bit of a problem for me because I LOVE tomatoes, chocolate, and coffee. I honestly don't think I could live without any of them. 

This flavorful and delicious Christmas Eve Pasta has become a holiday tradition in our house. It can feed a crowd, and the sauce can be made ahead, making it the perfect holiday dish!
So how do I cope with heartburn and still enjoy my favorite things? I take Nexium® 24HR Capsules 42ct, of course!  By taking just one pill a day, it provides all-day, all-night protection from frequent heartburn, no matter what triggers it. I take a pill in the morning as soon as I get up and then I'm able to drink my coffee and eat my favorite foods all day with no issues. Nexium® 24HR provides protection from frequent heartburn so everyone can savor the best of the holidays, as well as the best of every day. 

As I said this sauce is very easy to make, and it tastes even better the longer it sits. I like to make it the day before we plan to eat it, or even the morning of. Soften your veggies and brown your meats, add tomatoes, then fresh parsley. Easy peasy! Without Nexium® 24HR I would never be able to eat this delicious sauce because it literally contains all of my heartburn triggers. I'm so lucky to get relief with Nexium® 24HR and enjoy this meal with my family!
This flavorful and delicious Christmas Eve Pasta has become a holiday tradition in our house. It can feed a crowd, and the sauce can be made ahead, making it the perfect holiday dish!
Do you have any special food traditions on Christmas Eve? Or any must have dishes that you make? Share with me in the comments below!

Christmas Eve Pasta

Author: Sarah Bates | The Chef Next Door
Serves 6
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2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 carrot, grated 
1 red bell pepper, chopped
5 ounces diced or cubed pancetta (can be found packaged in the deli section of the grocery store) 
1 pound Italian sausage
2 - 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
Red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper
1 pound penne pasta, cooked 
Parmesan cheese, for topping

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrot and bell pepper and cook until softened, 2 minutes or so. Add the pancetta and sausage and cook until browned. Add the tomatoes. Stir in the parsley, a dash or two of red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. 


Place some pasta on each plate and top with a couple ladles of the sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.


Bon App├ętit!


This flavorful and delicious Christmas Eve Pasta has become a holiday tradition in our house. It can feed a crowd, and the sauce can be made ahead, making it the perfect holiday dish!
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*Nexium® 24HR may take 1-4 days for full effect. It is not immediate relief.*