Creamy Tomato Pasta


Creamy Tomato Pasta

The creamy tomato pasta recipe is a perfect & easy date night dinner that is sure to impress. This homemade creamy tomato sauce has the perfect balance of a light creamy richness, with faint hints of garlic, salty & nutty parmesan cheese and a little heat from the red pepper flakes.
Servings 4
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins


  • Emulsion Blender
  • Dutch Oven
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons


  • 28 oz whole San Marzano peeled plum tomatoes, tomatoes crushed by hand or with an emulsion blender
  • 12 oz pasta noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2-4 Parmesan rinds cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup pasta water (save from cooking pasta noodles)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp shallot or onion
  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves hand torn
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Add olive oil to a large dutch over pot and bring to medium heat. Add in garlic shallots & red pepper flakes and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in canned whole peel tomatoes & parmesan rinds to pot. Cook on a low simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove parmesan rinds (its ok if some dissolved in the sauce). Blend the sauce with an emulsion blender until smooth.
  • Mix in heavy cream, pasta water, and noodles to sauce. Garnish with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese.
    Creamy Tomato Pasta Recipe


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Author: Ashley Zezza
Cost: 25
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Homemade sauce, pasta dinner, pasta dinner recipe, valentine day dinner
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