Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Overhead shot of sun dried tomato pasta on grey plate next to small bowl of sun dried tomatoes.

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta – a super easy pasta dish with the most delicious, creamy sun-dried tomato sauce loaded with mozzarella & parmesan cheese. This vegetarian dinner will be on your dinner table in 20 minutes! 

So, guys. I’ve been noticing that you are really into recipes on this site that have dreamy sauces. For example, these Turkey Swedish Meatballs, this Butter Chicken, and this Mongolian Beef

So I’m here today to give you more of what you want! Bringing the dreamy sauce on strong with this Creamy Tomato Pasta

Here’s the dish on this dish: 

  • Tangy sun-dried tomatoes with a hint of sweetness
  • Mozzarella AND parmesan cheese
  • White wine – because it makes everything better in my book!
  • Fresh basil

And it basically had to be made since I just made these homemade sun dried tomatoes in the oven. 

Of course, you do not need to go to all the trouble of making sun dried tomatoes at home (although it’s very easy). And the rest of the ingredients are super simple, things that you may already have on hand.  

Sun dried tomato pasta in skillet ready to serve.

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Ingredients: 

  • Pasta
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Flour
  • White Wine
  • Heavy Cream
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Oregano
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Basil 

My homemade sun dried tomatoes were in olive oil, as many store brands are. However, if you purchase tomatoes that aren’t packed in oil, you will want to soften them first. To do so, just soak them in hot water for 20 minutes, then drain. 

I kept this recipe vegetarian, since when I’m eating a big bowl of pasta, I feel that an added protein is unnecessary. But, you could definitely add chicken, sausage or shrimp to this recipe! 

Hand holding plate of sun dried tomato pasta.

Here are some variations: 

Creamy Tomato Pasta with Chicken 

  • Before starting the cream sauce, brown up two chicken breasts (I like to season them with Italian seasoning and a bit of paprika). Set aside and slice the chicken then add it back to the cooked cream sauce. 

Creamy Tomato Pasta with Shrimp

  • Before starting the cream sauce, cook ½ pound uncooked shrimp until pink and opaque. Set aside and sprinkle with lemon juice, then add it back to the cooked cream sauce. 

Creamy Tomato Pasta with Sausage

  • Before starting the cream sauce, brown up some sausage links or ground sausage. Set aside and slice the links, then add it back to the cooked cream sauce. 

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Spinach

  • Add 1 cup rough chopped spinach to the pasta & sauce. Stir until wilted, then add in basil and serve. 

Overhead shot of sun dried tomato pasta on grey plate next to small bowl of sun dried tomatoes.

Tip: Make sure to reserve some of the pasta cooking liquid before draining. Then, if your cream sauce is too thick, add some of the cooking liquid to help reach your desired consistency. 

If you loved this pasta recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Wine Pairings for Sun Dried Tomato Pasta: 

  • Sauvignon Blanc pairs very nicely with this rich, creamy sauce.
  • Pinot Gris is another great match – With bright acidity and notes of citrus, it’ll pair well.

Pasta Recipes: 

Overhead shot of sun dried tomato pasta on grey plate next to small bowl of sun dried tomatoes.

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Recipe

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta - a super easy pasta dish with the most delicious, creamy sun-dried tomato sauce loaded with mozzarella & parmesan cheese. This vegetarian dinner will be on your dinner table in 20 minutes! 
4.6 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white wine (or chicken broth)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup julienned sun dried tomatoes in olive oil (drained)
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more, to taste)
  • Small handful fresh basil chopped finely
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in white wine (or chicken broth) and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in heavy cream, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan, oregano and red pepper flakes until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Toss the pasta with the sauce adding cooking liquid as needed to thin out the sauce. Serve.
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Equipment

Large Pot
Large Skillet

Nutrition

Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1319IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 1mg

6 comments

  1. gena

    Hi, this looks amazing! We’ve recently gone dairy free. Is there a substitute that you can recommend to replace the heavy cream?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi! You could use a dairy free creamer or possibly dairy free cream cheese.

      Reply

  2. Cat

    5 stars
    I have made this twice now and it is sure to become a family favorite. I love it for the ease, it is a delicious quick weekday meal that the whole family loves. The second time I made it I added sweet peas to make it a little heartier ( I didn’t have any fresh veggies for a side) and it was equally delicious.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so excited to hear that Cat! Thanks for your idea of adding in sweet peas – love that!

      Reply

  3. Tammy

    5 stars
    I just made this for dinner. A total winner! We loved it and it’s going in our keeper file. Thanks for making pasta interesting again — and so easily.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so happy you liked it Tammy!

      Reply

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