Get into the full spirit of spring with this creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta. Use sundried tomatoes or fresh grape or cherry tomatoes, pick your favorite pasta and pair them with a delicious cream sauce.
Spring is here and it seems the right time to bring this creamy pasta to the table. It has sun-dried tomatoes and lots of fresh baby spinach but this creamy vegetarian pasta is anything but boring!
So today we’re making a creamy sun-dried and tomato spinach pasta full of fresh, vibrant ingredients. This recipe is a fun one, just in time for sunshine and happy times. Let’s start cooking.
CREAMY SUN-DRIED TOMATO AND SPINACH PASTA RECIPE TIPS
Now you can use just about any pasta you want – I just happened to want linguine for mine. Spaghetti, fettuccine, ziti, rigatoni, whatever you like. Just use half a pound of it, which is usually half a box.
I used julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes in oil. Drain the oil and chop them up some more so they stretch well in the pasta. Once you start sauteing it, you’ll get this lovely aroma. So stick your nose close to the pan so you don’t miss it 😉 I used about half a cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes but if you want to add more, feel free. You can also substitute sun-dried tomatoes with fresh grape or cherry tomatoes.
Reserve some pasta water – we’ll use that to add some volume to the cream sauce which is mostly just heavy cream and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Call it a pseudo-Alfredo sauce if you will.
I roughly chopped up the baby spinach to make it easier to cook since we’re adding it in last. Don’t worry about the water content, the baby spinach doesn’t seem to add much of that so your pasta sauce won’t be watered down.
As usual, I’ll stress on using freshly grated Parmesan cheese so it melts smoothly into the cream sauce. The pre-shredded stuff just won’t melt as beautifully. So buy a block of Parmesan and use any grater you have handy. I love my microplane for stuff like this. It makes grating so much easier. I used to hate grating stuff on my box grater, but not anymore!
We’ll also be adding some fresh basil for a true Italian flavor and some Italian seasoning. If you want a little kick, there’s also the option to add in some red pepper flakes.
What to Serve with Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta
The pasta is a meal on its own but if you feel like having some sides or an appetizer, try pairing it with some classic homemade garlic bread, Parmesan garlic knots, or the more decadent cheesy garlic bread.
And that’s all there is to it. Happy cooking! Let me know how you liked it, what substitutions you made and what you paired it with in the comments below!
MORE VEGETABLE PASTA RECIPES TO TRY
- Spinach and Three Cheese Manicotti
- Easy Vegetable Pasta
- Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli Bake
- Tortellini Alfredo Spinach Casserole
- Mushroom Alfredo