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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach Pasta

Get into full spring mode with this creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta! Easy and ready in 30 minutes.

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 butย this creamy vegetarian pasta is anything but boring!

Get into full spring mode with this creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta! Easy and ready in 30 minutes.

So today’s recipe is a fun one, just in time for sunshine and happy times.

Get into full spring mode with this creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta! Easy and ready in 30 minutes.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I used about half a cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes but if you want to add more, feel free. Get it to your taste, this recipe is very versatile.

Get into full spring mode with this creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta! Easy and ready in 30 minutes.

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.

Get into full spring mode with this creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta! Easy and ready in 30 minutes.

As usual, I’ll stress on using freshly grated Parmesan cheese so it’ll melt well in 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 more 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.

Get into full spring mode with this creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta! Easy and ready in 30 minutes.

Now this is a vegetarian pasta but if you want to convert it to non-vegetarian or simply must have your protein, you could add in some sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts to the sauteing part and cook it until it’s no longer pink. Season it with some Italian seasoning whileย cooking. Or for an even easier option, buy a rotisserie chicken and chop itย up and add it in last. Like I said before, this recipe is versatile!

And that’s all there is to it. Happy cooking!

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Get into full spring mode with this creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta! Easy and ready in 30 minutes.

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach Pasta


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. linguine, cooked al dente
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup pasta water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated and divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Over medium high heat, saute garlic until fragrant
  2. Add sun-dried tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes
  3. Pour in pasta water and simmer for 1 minute
  4. Reduce heat to medium low and pour in heavy cream
  5. Add in 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, stirring to mix
  6. Toss in basil, seasonings and baby spinach and simmer gently until the spinach has cooked down
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  8. Toss in the pasta with the sauce and combine
  9. Top with remaining Parmesan cheese
  10. Dish and serve hot

Get into full spring mode with this creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta! Easy and ready in 30 minutes.

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Annie @ The Garlic Diaries
    April 15, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Immediately got so hungry while looking at your gorgeous pictures :). This pasta is making me drool! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 17, 2015 at 2:20 AM

      Thank you, Annie ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoping you like it!

  • Reply
    Sumit
    May 6, 2015 at 3:34 AM

    Hi Farah,
    It looks delicious. It is one of my second favorite pasta. I have not cook this for ages, thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      May 8, 2015 at 2:01 PM

      Most welcome, Sumit! Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    plasterers bristol
    July 3, 2015 at 1:44 AM

    This sounds lovely. Going to give this a go. thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Simon

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 7, 2015 at 8:06 PM

      Happy cooking, Simon!

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  • Reply
    Ken Pesile
    January 4, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Just made your recipe and it turned out great. DELICIOUS! Thank you.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 20, 2017 at 1:39 PM

      Yay! Always happy to hear it worked out well. Thanks for trying it out, Ken!

  • Reply
    Rick
    January 8, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Delicious! Googled “sun dried tomato, spinach and cream” (stuff I had in the fridge) to make a sauce for my homemade fettuccine and got this one. Followed it to the letter and it was fantastic! Big hit with the whole family. It is a keeper and I’m probably going to borrow it for an Italian themed dinner party in a few weeks. Thanks!!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 20, 2017 at 1:42 PM

      Homemade fettuccine, wow! Props to you, I’ve never made pasta from scratch. And I hope your Italian themed dinner party turned out well.

  • Reply
    Lori Lusetti
    March 16, 2017 at 11:32 PM

    This is absolutely THE best! I used Penne pasta and added a little extra fresh grated parmesan to make it even creamier. My dinner guest had a third helping! I cant wait to make it again! Thank you so much for this delicious recipe.

    Lori

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 19, 2017 at 1:58 PM

      Thanks for trying it out, Lori! Can’t hurt to add in more Parmesan ๐Ÿ™‚

      Enjoy the next helping you have!

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