Pasta with Chipotle Cream Sauce

This Pasta with Chipotle Cream Sauce will change up your basic pasta routine. Smoky chipotle peppers lend a bit of heat while the cotija cheese makes it incredibly creamy and delicious. It's a perfect #MeatlessMonday option! | platingsandpairings.com

This Pasta with Chipotle Cream Sauce will change up your basic pasta routine. Smoky chipotle peppers lend a bit of heat while the cotija cheese makes it incredibly creamy & delicious.

This Pasta with Chipotle Cream Sauce will change up your basic pasta routine. Smoky chipotle peppers lend a bit of heat while the cotija cheese makes it incredibly creamy and delicious. It's a perfect #MeatlessMonday option! | platingsandpairings.com

This Pasta with Chipotle Cream Sauce will change up your basic pasta routine. Smoky chipotle peppers lend a bit of heat while the cotija cheese makes it incredibly creamy and delicious. It's a perfect #MeatlessMonday option! | platingsandpairings.comWith quick look at this dish, you might be led to believe that it’s just another basic tomato sauce, with some cheese and basil sprinkled on top. But with that first taste, you’ll know it’s anything but!

Hiding in this basic tomato sauce are smoky chipotle peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, smoked paprika, and a generous amount of crumbly, tangy cotija cheese. It’s creamy, cheesy, spicy, and smoky. More easily said – It’s delicious!

Think of this dish like mac ‘n cheese’s exotic cousin. This one likes to shake things up a bit.

This Pasta with Chipotle Cream Sauce will change up your basic pasta routine. Smoky chipotle peppers lend a bit of heat while the cotija cheese makes it incredibly creamy and delicious. It's a perfect #MeatlessMonday option! | platingsandpairings.com

For this anything but boring tomato sauce, not just any pasta would do. Luckily, I had a package of Whole Grain Spaccatelli on hand. It found its place swimming around with the creamy chipotle sauce and made itself right at home.

I love the heat in this dish! But, if you’re sensitive to spicy foods (or if you’re serving this to the kiddos), feel free to tone things down a bit by using just one chipotle pepper and removing its seeds.

This Pasta with Chipotle Cream Sauce will change up your basic pasta routine. Smoky chipotle peppers lend a bit of heat while the cotija cheese makes it incredibly creamy and delicious. It's a perfect #MeatlessMonday option! | platingsandpairings.com

This dish is going to be in regular rotation at our house for Meatless Monday. Consider it “on repeat.”

This Pasta with Chipotle Cream Sauce will change up your basic pasta routine. Smoky chipotle peppers lend a bit of heat while the cotija cheese makes it incredibly creamy and delicious. It's a perfect #MeatlessMonday option! | platingsandpairings.com

Pasta with Chipotle Cream Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Platings & Pairings
This Pasta with Chipotle Cream Sauce will change up your basic pasta routine. Smoky chipotle peppers lend a bit of heat while the cotija cheese makes it incredibly creamy and delicious. It's a perfect #MeatlessMonday option!
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 - 14.5- ounce cans fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 3 in chipotle peppers adobo sauce + 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup cotija cheese grated
  • 16 ounces pasta uncooked

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Preheat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about five minutes.
  3. Briefly puree the tomatoes, chipotles and adobo sauce in a blender or food processor. You should leave the mixture a bit chunky.
  4. Add the tomato mixture to the sautéed onions and garlic, along with the smoked paprika, and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook according to directions.
  6. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain and set aside. Add the heavy cream and 1/2 cup of cheese to the tomato sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add the pasta to the skillet of sauce and stir gently to combine.
  8. Serve topped with chopped cilantro and additional grated cheese.

Wine Pairings for Pasta with Chipotle Sauce:

  • Tempranillo, Zinfandel, and Malbec are all excellent wine choices that will stand up to the smoky heat in this dish.

This Pasta with Chipotle Cream Sauce will change up your basic pasta routine. Smoky chipotle peppers lend a bit of heat while the cotija cheese makes it incredibly creamy and delicious. It's a perfect #MeatlessMonday option! | platingsandpairings.com

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27 comments

  1. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking

    How cool is that pasta crate! I love the different pastas I see on your photos.
    Anyway, pasta is definitely a favourite at our home and we like to try many different variations. This one certainly looks great!

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    1. Erin

      I’m a huge pasta fan too Vivian! I can’t wait to try out the beet fusilli that was included in my box! The best part is, they also include recipes to go along with the pasta types. Great for when I’m not feeling so creative!

      Reply

  2. Carly Williams

    That looks so delicious!

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  3. Megan @ Meg is Well

    I love spicing up basic tomato sauces and the addition of the cotija cheese in genius!

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  4. Pech

    Love the use of smokiness and heat o add some spice to a pasta lunch or dinner! And a pasta subscription sounds awesome, I always use the same shapes and would love to expand my world

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I love subscription services Pech – So when I found one that included pasta, I was SUPER stoked!

      Reply

  5. Trish

    Ooooh Pasta Crate sounds awesome! We go through a LOT of pasta in our house. Always looking for new and exciting ways to eat pasta. YUM!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m a HUGE pasta eater too Trish! Love this fun, new subscription service!

      Reply

  6. Mary @ Vindulge

    Pasta subscription service? Sign me up!! There’s nothing like handmade pasta. Once you try it you just can’t go back to the cheap store-bought stuff! I think it’s even more important on simple recipes with light sauces.
    Also, I’m a huge fan of chipotle. Loved that you incorporated it into a pasta dish!

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    1. Erin

      I’m a huge fan of chipotles too Mary – Their smoky, spicy flavor really goes well with a lot of different cuisines!

      Reply

  7. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    I would never have thought to add chipotle to pasta, but this sounds delish! Also, how fun to get a pasta delivery.

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    1. Erin

      I love all my monthly subscription boxes, but PastaCrate is definitely the most tasty!

      Reply

  8. karen

    What a great idea for a pasta sauce!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Karen – Cheers!

      Reply

  9. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    I am a fresh pasta fanatic! LOVE it! I hope I win! This pasta dish looks amazing.

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  10. Erin

    I feel like the intro to this post (and your Instagram) could have been an April’s Fool’s post with the switch-up from marinara to chipotle cream sauce! It sounds delicious. I recently started playing around with chipotles in adobo sauce, seriously what a life changer!! And that pasta looks insane.

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    1. Erin

      I was kind of thinking about throwing that in there Erin 😉 But, then I thought it might be mean to trick someone with a bowl of spicy pasta!

      Reply

  11. Lindsay (@RunWithTongs)

    These pastas are so much fun! What a lovely recipe as well!

    Reply

  12. Steph

    Omg my husband would love me if I had fancy pasta for dinner every day

    Reply

  13. Jeffrey

    As a distance runner I eat more that my fair share of pasta. I like it because the food combinations are endless, it’s on my table at least 3 times a week in some shape or form!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m right there with you Jeffrey! I LOVE pasta SO much – I could probably eat it everyday!

      Reply

  14. sriracha

    Does it taste very spicy,looks like the Chinese Noodles

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    1. Erin

      Hi there – I would rate this pasta dish about a medium in spiciness.

      Reply

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