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Main Dish | October 24, 2019

Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce is a quick dinner solution for busy days! And did I mention delicious?! Warm. Creamy. Filling. All of the above and so easy to make!

Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce is my go-to when I have 20 minutes to get dinner on the table and want to eat something other than leftovers or a quesadilla!

One key to making quick meals (without running to the grocery store daily)  is  to keep your pantry/fridge/freezer stocked with the basics. I try to have milk, bread, eggs, cheese, and butter on hand at all times.  A variety of  meals can be made quickly if your kitchen is stocked! Here are a few of our favorite pantry friendly meals…

Southwest Soup is a quick and easy pantry friendly meal. Served with  fresh avocado, tortilla chips and cheese for a complete meal!

White Chicken Chili is a 20 minute meal perfect for cool days and will feed  a big crowd if doubled.

Keeping the pantry shelf stocked with dry pasta (Spaghetti, Angel Hair, and Egg Noodles), canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chicken and beef  broth, seasonings such as dried basil, parsley, oregano, or dried Italian seasoning and chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper will give you several options for dinner. I suggest keeping at least 6 chicken breast halves, 2-3 lbs of ground beef and a loaf of bread in the freezer at all times. Half and half or heavy cream are also great additions to the milk, eggs, cheese and butter you want to keep in your fridge.  A few vegetables I try to keep on hand are potatoes, carrots, onions. These come in handy when making soups and many casseroles!

This Slow Cooker Spaghetti is a family friendly, pantry friendly meal that works well for making early in the day. Your whole family will love this dish!

To make sure you’re prepared for making meals, round up a few of your favorite easy to make recipes your family loves. Make a list of the non-perishable items, such as canned goods, dry spices and herbs. Then buy  proteins and freeze anything you won’t be using right away.

Now, when you’re ready to make a meal, all you’ll need is a few fresh items. I hope this post will help you get a little more organized in the kitchen so you can enjoy meal time with your family!

5 from 5 votes

Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce is quick and easy and filled with all things we love, cheese, pasta, tomatoes and cream!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups or 2 -12 oz cans chopped tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 clove garlic, minced, fresh or prepared
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half I recommend cream
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 3/4 lb dry pasta or fresh 20 oz pasta*
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil or 2 tablespoons dried basil


  1. Start water boiling on stove. When water is boiling, add pasta and cook while preparing sauce.

  2. Place butter and olive oil into a large saute pan over medium high heat.

  3. Add the tomatoes to the pan, saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic. Saute another minute.

  4. Add salt ,pepper, and cream. Taste and adjust seasoning.

  5. Drain the pasta (saving some of the water for sauce) add cooked pasta to tomato cream sauce. Lightly toss the pasta and sauce together.

  6. Add Parmesan cheese and basil. Toss again. Serve immediately.

    If the sauce is too thick, add a few tabelspoons of hot pasta water to thin sauce.

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    1. Hi Madeline, I used tortellini for the pasta pictured, but you can use any type of pasta you prefer. Thanks for asking and for reading ABK!

  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner and I t was a HUGE hit! My husband must have said at least 10 times how delicious it was. He told me to make it again next week and the week after and the week after. We will definitely be making this again! Thanks for always giving us such delicious recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is a home run with my family of all boys! We are traveling abroad in Europe for six months and this is one recipe that I can find fresh ingredients for in every country we have visited! Not an easy task! I’ve used tortellini and ravioli when making this and they are both great. Thanks for sharing!

    1. That’s why I love this recipe too, Heather, the ingredients are so simple and you can find them anywhere. And what an amazing experience to be able to travel Europe with your boys! Thanks for sharing,

  3. 5 stars
    We loved this! Absolutely delicious with your French bread recipe too. I added a caprese salad and we felt like we were back in Italy! Thank you for sharing!