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Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce is a quick and easy, versatile dinner that’s perfect for those busy weeknights.

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce is a quick and easy, versatile dinner that's perfect for those busy weeknights. 

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I don’t know about you, but I love an easy pasta dish that’s loaded with flavor like this Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce. You can add as many other components as you like and make this recipe your own or prepare it as-is. I chose to use gluten free penne pasta and add some sweet Italian sausage.

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

We haven’t been eating much pasta lately because we were cutting back on our carbohydrate intake, but I was really craving it one day last week. I used ingredients I had in the house like gluten free pasta instead of regular, and lighted up the cream sauce by using arrowroot starch flour instead of cornstarch or all purpose flour and 2% milk instead of heavy cream. If you prefer a heavy cream sauce, by all means use what you like (heavy cream or half & half).

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce is a quick and easy, versatile dinner that's perfect for those busy weeknights. 

If you’re going to be adding a protein to this recipe like I did, start by cooking that first (or use leftovers…even better!). For this recipe, I placed the sausage links on a parchment lined baking sheet; then cooked it for 25-30 minutes in a 425 degree F oven. Once they were done and slightly cooled, I sliced them to add into the pasta when it was done.

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To make the Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce, cook your pasta according to package directions, leaving them on the al dente side. When you add the pasta to the sauce, it will cook a bit more so you don’t want your pasta too soft.

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

While the pasta is cooking, start your sauce. In a large nonstick sauté pan, add some light olive oil and heat the pan over medium hight heat. Next, add some chopped garlic, basil and sun dried tomatoes. I used dry tomatoes; however if you are using the ones packed in oil, omit the olive oil and add the oil from the tomatoes instead.

Sauté for 1-2 minutes; then add the arrowroot starch flour, bone or chicken broth and milk. Stir until the sauce is creamy; then add your cooked protein (in this case sausage) and pasta. Mix well to toss; then serve. If you’d like, you can add grated Parmesan cheese on top, but at the moment we’re also trying to cut out extra dairy so we left it off.

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce is a quick and easy, versatile dinner that's perfect for those busy weeknights. 

Most of all, this Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce was deliciously light and packed with flavor. The following are some substitutions to make this dish your own. ~Enjoy!

  • Instead of Arrowroot Starch Flour; Use Cornstarch/All Purpose Flour
  • Instead of Bone/Chicken Broth and 2% Milk; Use all Heavy Cream/Half & Half
  • Instead of Sausage; Use Grilled Chicken or Shrimp
  • Instead of Gluten Free Pasta; Use your favorite Pasta

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Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce
Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce is a quick and easy, versatile dinner that's perfect for those busy weeknights. 

Course: Main Entree
Keyword: pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 399 kcal
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. Gluten Free Pasta
  • 1 tbsp. Light Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. Sun Dried Tomatoes (not in oil), diced
  • 1/4 c. Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Arrowroot Starch Flour
  • 1 c. Chicken/Bone Broth
  • 1 c. 2% Milk
Instructions
  1. Cook your pasta according to package directions; leaving them on the al dente side. Drain and set aside. 

  2. While your pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium high heat; then add the garlic, tomatoes and basil. Stir for 1-2 minutes; then add the arrowroot flour. 

  3. Next, add the broth and milk. Stir 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens; then add the cooked pasta and toss to coat. (Add cooked protein if desired at this point too). 

Recipe Notes

*Allow for additional cooking time if you will be adding a protein to this pasta dish

**The following are some substitutions to make this dish your own.

  • Instead of Arrowroot Starch Flour; Use Cornstarch/All Purpose Flour
  • Instead of Bone/Chicken Broth and 2% Milk; Use all Heavy Cream/Half & Half
  • Add pre cooked Sausage, Chicken or Shrimp
  • Instead of Gluten Free Pasta; Use your favorite Pasta

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 399 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Potassium 348mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 73g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 8%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

*Nutritional information is based on specific ingredients and products used in this recipe and was calculated by MyFitnessPal.com; which may not be 100% accurate. Adding a protein and/or substituting other ingredients will change the nutritional information in this recipe

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One Comment

  1. Riddhima Nair
    May 22, 2018 at 3:03 am - Reply

    Thanks for the yummy recipe, it is really fantastic.

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