Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

I knew just the cure for days of no sun and lack of color-a trip to the Como Park Conservatory for their annual Poinsettia Floral Display. It's always an uplifting experience and a bonus it's warm inside. 

Cook's notes: I've been following a new food blog lately 
In the food blogger's words... this is the easiest pasta dish ever, and you can add in your favorite meats and/or veggies – the possibilities are endless caught my attention when reading her recipe for Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce. 
I was able to complete the dish in under 25 minutes as suggested in the recipe. What an amazing creamy tomato pasta sauce. The recipe makes 3 generous or 4 smaller servings. It was soooooooo good I remade it the next night since there were no leftovers from the night before! The recipe can easily be doubled. Slices of chicken can be substituted for the sausage.
I did tweak her recipe a bit by adding in spices and onions.
  • 1-1/4 cups dried penne
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled Italian Sausage or Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage 
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet onions
Cream Sauce
  • 2 TB. butter
  • 2 TB. flour 
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained and patted dry with a paper towel. This product can be found in produce. 
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. each dried oregano and basil
  • 1 TB parsley flakes
  • dash red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional 2 TB. dry white wine
  • Bring a pan of salted water to a boil, add in dried penne. Cook until al dente, drain and rinse.
  • In  large skillet heat 1 TB. olive oil, saute onion and garlic about 2 minutes on medium low heat. Stir frequently so it doesn't overbrown.  
  • Add in 2 TB. butter, melt and add in 2 TB. flour. Whisk to blend and cook 1 minute.
  • Whisk in chicken broth and continue whisking until broth is incorporated with flour mixture about 1-2 minutes. 
  • Stir in cream, meat, pasta, spices, sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan. Whisk to blend and cook until thickened about 2 minutes.  Stir in wine. 
  • Serve immediately and grate Parmesan over top of the dish.  


  1. I made this pasta Monday evening and we loved it. Savory. Definitely a dish I will make again. I just wish I'd doubled the recipe, as you suggested.

  2. The recipe is really interesting, I will definitely try to please my family with this pasta.