Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta

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This Skillet Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added.  All of this cooks down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in (I used Gluten Free), creamy Ricotta Cheese and fresh basil are added.  It’s perfection! Bellissimo!

Of the 10 ingredients in this recipe, 7 can come from the pantry!  And the ground chicken and basil can be stored frozen, so really, it’s just ricotta that you need to buy.  So, it’s one that is always ready to go!  Click here to get more pantry dinner ideas and  Pantry Must-Haves for Quick & Easy Dinners!

This Skillet Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

INSPIRED BY ITALY

Italian food always seems very romantic to me.  When I think of Spaghetti, I think of Lady and the Tramp.  You know the scene sharing the pasta and kissing – yes, I am a bit of a sap.  So, Italy was a natural choice for my honeymoon over 10 years ago.  For our 10th Anniversary, this past July, Dave and I decided to go back for some much-needed romance.  I mean, having kids takes its toll in the romance department – am I right?

The trip was absolutely amazing.  Here’s another amazing recipe – Walnut Sauce with Ricotta & Spinach Pasta Recipe – that was inspired by a dish I ate in Cinque Terre.

Let’s Make this Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato & Ricotta!

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE SKILLET GROUND CHICKEN TOMATO SAUCE COOKING ‘KIT’

This recipe is so simple, that there isn’t much to do ahead of time.   Mince the garlic and rough chopping the basil leaves.  You can also just leave the basil whole for garnish at the end.

The ground chicken tomato sauce can also be made in advance and stored it in the fridge.  Then on the night you are ready to eat it, heat it up in the skillet, add the spaghetti (or gluten free pasta as I used) and the ricotta.

COOK YOUR CHICKEN TOMATO SAUCE WITH RICOTTA MEAL:

  • For this recipe, I used gluten free rice noodles, which really act like spaghetti.  There are a lot of different gluten free pastas available.  Make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold up in the sauce and that you do not overcook it.  , so that it doesn’t turn to mush in the sauce.  I find the rice noodles cooked al dente hold up really well.  Of course, you can always use regular spaghetti for this!
  • Since this recipe is so simple with just a few ingredients, here is the secret to really bringing out the flavor.  BROWN the ground chicken.  I’m talking REALLY BROWN it!  Sear it to the point where you worry the brown bits on the bottom of the pan may burn.  That’s what will give your sauce real depth of flavor with this low fat and calorie meat.  BROWNED = FLAVOR 🙂

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

  • Once the ground chicken is really browned add the garlic and broth.  As you add the broth, scrape the bottom to pick up all of those yummy brown bits stuck to the skillet.  Those brown bits will give your sauce great flavor.  I used Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base broth in this dish because I love the deep, rich flavors it brings.  You can use any other chicken or veggie broth you like.

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

  • This is a quick weeknight meal, so I recommend using sweet, full flavored canned San Marzano Whole Peeled tomatoes.  You can break them up easily for a textured sauce with pieces of the tomato, which I really love vs. a pureed tomato sauce.

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

  • For the Ricotta…Add as much or as little as you want in dollops into the sauce.

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

  • Serve it in bowls or dishes and then simply garnish with fresh basil.

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

That’s it!  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Skillet Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta and Pasta

This Skillet Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta and Pasta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared to get a browned, flavorful crust.  Garlic, broth & tomatoes are added & cooked down into a delightful sauce with a meaty bite from the chicken.  Pasta is mixed in, then creamy Ricotta is added. Bellissimo!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Ground Chicken Breast Free Range, No antibiotics used
  • 28 oz San Marzano Whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth or Chicken Broth
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Salt increase to 1 tsp if your broth is unsalted
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 oz Spaghetti I used gluten free
  • 16 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Basil Leaves, loose

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Mince the garlic Clove.  Rough chop the basil leaves - or just leave them whole for garnish at the end.

Cook

  1. Make the spaghetti to al dente according to package instructions then set aside until you are ready to add to the sauce.  NOTE: you do not want to over cook the pasta as it will continue to cook in the sauce.

  2. Preheat a large skillet on high heat.  Add 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil and spread it around the skillet.  Add the ground chicken, break it up and make a single layer of meat so that all of it can get a nice brown sear.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  3. Let the chicken cook on high heat for at least 5 minutes without touching it, but even longer is better so that it gets REALLY BROWNED!  Then flip the chicken over breaking it up again so that it doesn't form one large patty and cook the other side for another 5 minutes.  You want to make sure that all of the pink is gone and preferably all of the white too so that everything is nice and browned.  BROWNED = FLAVOR 🙂

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  4. Now add the minced garlic and stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.

  5. Add the Broth and stir to get all of those delicious browned bits off the bottom of the skillet.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  6. Add the tomatoes and break them up with a spatula.  Mix to combine.  Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.  TIP: If you do not have a cover for your skillet, you can use a sheet pan or just aluminum foil.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  7. Now mix in the spaghetti and mix using tongs so that all of the sauce combines with the pasta.  

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  8. Finally, add in some hefty dollops of creamy ricotta cheese.  You can add in as much or as little as you want, but I like to scoop out 1-2 dollops per serving.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  9. Serve and garnish with basil.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is intentionally simply and short on herbs because I really wanted to let the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and the browned flavor from the chicken be the star.  The basil at the very end as garnish is a nice fresh burst of flavor.  However, feel free to also add basil to the sauce and mix it in before you cover it to simmer.

Sour Cream Tomato Sauce Pasta

This Luscious Sour Cream Tomato Sauce Pasta tastes amazing - and it's amazingly simple to make!! I call it Luscious because the tomatoes, which are still slightly chunky become this thick, creamy, smooth, velvety, and flavorful sauce. The combination of the San Marzano tomatoes and sour cream takes a simple red sauce to a perfect pink heavenly cream sauce!
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This luscious Sour Cream Tomato Sauce Pasta is such an easy weeknight family dinner and a great way to elevate a boring tomato and pasta dish.  It takes only 25 minutes from start to finish and can be made ahead.

This Luscious Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta tastes amazing - and it's amazingly simple to make!! I call it Luscious because the tomatoes, which are still slightly chunky become this thick, creamy, smooth, velvety, and flavorful sauce. The combination of the San Marzano tomatoes and sour cream takes a simple red sauce to a perfect pink heavenly cream sauce!

This luscious Sour Cream Tomato Sauce Pasta has been a go-to main course for my family for years whenever I don’t have anything else planned.  The taste is seriously amazing – and amazingly simple!!  I describe it as luscious because the tomatoes, which are still slightly chunky become a thick, velvety, and creamy tomato pasta sauce. 

I warn you, you will want to lock the doors, grab a spoon, and eat this tomato cream sauce straight from the pan (not because I’ve done that or anything😳).  But I recommend that you mix it with a Rotini or Fusilli pasta that can hold all of that luscious sauce in the spiral grooves and enjoy it with your family.

This Luscious Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta tastes amazing - and it's amazingly simple to make!! I call it Luscious because the tomatoes, which are still slightly chunky become this thick, creamy, smooth, velvety, and flavorful sauce. The combination of the San Marzano tomatoes and sour cream takes a simple red sauce to a perfect pink heavenly cream sauce!

Just a few Simple Ingredients for this Sour Cream Tomato Sauce Dinner!

  • San Marzano Tomatoes, whole peeled (1 can)
  • Garlic Clove (or pre-minced garlic)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sour Cream
  • Vegetable Base
  • Cornstarch
  • Fresh basil, finely sliced
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper
  • Uncooked Fusilli pasta (or any short cut pasta)

This Sour Cream Tomato Sauce Pasta is Such an Easy Recipe!

Honestly, this recipe is so simple that there really is very little to prep ahead.  But, every little bit helps, right?  So, here are the steps you can do the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge.

Mince 1 garlic clove and store in a small container or storage bag

Open the can of San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes and crush the tomatoes with your fingers into a storage container or bag.  Pour in the remaining sauce from the can and store crushed tomatoes and sauce in the fridge

Into a small bowl, add the sour cream, the Vegetable Base, and cornstarch and mix to combine.  Seal the bowl with plastic wrap or cover with lid and store in the fridge.

Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta - Sour Cream mixed

Easy Cooking Steps for Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta

Now comes the EASIEST dinner you’ve ever put together (not counting delivery;)).

Cook the Rotini or Fusilli pasta according to package instructions.  I use Gluten-Free Rotini pasta in this dish, but use your favorite!

Saute the garlic in a preheated large skillet with olive oil, add the tomatoes, stir with the garlic and cook on medium-low heat for 5 minutes.  Next whisk in the sour cream, vegetable base, and cornstarch mixture.  Cook for another 5 minutes until the sauce thickens and starts to bubble (lightly cover with aluminum foil if it starts to splatter).

Luscious Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta mixing in the sour cream.

Last, add in the basil and the pasta and stir to completely combine.

This Luscious Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta tastes amazing - and it's amazingly simple to make!! I call it Luscious because the tomatoes, which are still slightly chunky become this thick, creamy, smooth, velvety, and flavorful sauce. The combination of the San Marzano tomatoes and sour cream takes a simple red sauce to a perfect pink heavenly cream sauce!

Serve on a plate or in a bowl and garnish with basil and grated parmesan cheese (if you like)!

Enjoy!!

Want More Super Easy Dinner Recipes under 30 Minutes to Prepare?

Of course you want 30 minutes or less recipes! You are busy and some nights require FAST dinners. So, my first recommendation is this easy Kid-Friendly Creamy Pasta Primavera Recipe. It comes together in 30 minutes and is truly a delicious meal. Next, we have my Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Pasta, which is bright and delicious and very easy to prep ahead and make on a business weeknight. Or how about Stove Top Easy Tuna Casserole with Pimiento? This is a dish from my childhood that’s been updated, but is still incredibly easy and comes together in 30 minutes.

Sour Cream Tomato Sauce Pasta FAQs

What Pasta is best to use for this recipe?

For this Sour Cream Tomato Sauce, I recommend a short cut pasta with places for the sauce to creep into, like a fusilli, rotini, campanelle, penne, farfalle, or even elbow.  Of course, if you only have long pasta on hand, like spaghetti or linguine, any pasta will work!  You can use either dry or fresh pasta, but I find that if you are making this ahead and reheating it, then a dry short cut pasta will hold up best during the reheating.

What protein is best to add to this?

You could cut chicken breast into bite-size cubes and cook it in the pan and then transfer it to a plate before making the sauce.  Then add the chicken bak into the sauce at the end.  You could do the same method with shrimp.  You could also use a chickpea-based pasta in this, which will give you lots of protein!

Can I freeze this sauce?

If you want to make this ahead and freeze, my recommendation is to leave the sour cream out until you thaw the sauce and reheat it.  When you reheat it, do so in a skillet over medium heat.  While the sauce is reheating, follow Step 3 in the Prep Ahead Steps and then Steps 3-5 in the Cooking Steps.

This Luscious Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta tastes amazing - and it's amazingly simple to make!! I call it Luscious because the tomatoes, which are still slightly chunky become this thick, creamy, smooth, velvety, and flavorful sauce. The combination of the San Marzano tomatoes and sour cream takes a simple red sauce to a perfect pink heavenly cream sauce!

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Sour Cream Tomato Sauce Pasta

This luscious Sour Cream Tomato Sauce Pasta tastes amazing – and it's amazingly simple to make!!  I describe it as luscious because the tomatoes, which are still slightly chunky become this thick, creamy, smooth, velvety, and flavorful sauce.  The combination of the San Marzano tomatoes and sour cream takes a simple red sauce to a perfect pink heavenly cream sauce!

Course Main Course, pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta, sour cream, tomato sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 430 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 28 ounces San Marzano Tomatoes, whole peeled (1 can)
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Base
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons basil, finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 16 ounces uncooked Fusilli pasta (or any short cut pasta)

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Mince 1 garlic clove and store in a small container or storage bag
  2. Open the can of San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes and crush the tomatoes with your fingers into a storage container or bag. Pour in the remaining sauce from the can and store crushed tomatoes and sauce in the fridge
  3. Into a small bowl, add the sour cream, the Vegetable Base, and cornstarch and mix to combine. Seal the bowl with plastic wrap or cover with lid and store in the fridge.
  4. Place the 5 prepped ingredients on a pan in the fridge to create your Kit: garlic, tomatoes, sour cream mixture, and pasta.

Cooking Steps

  1. Cook the pasta to al dente according to package directions.

  2. Add the garlic to a preheated large skillet with a teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Saute the garlic for 2 minutes on medium to low heat stirring it around so it doesn’t burn.   

  3. Next add the tomatoes and the tomato sauce that you have crushed. If you haven't crushed them yet, do so right as you add them to the pan!  Stir with the garlic and cook on medium-low heat for 5 minutes.

    Hand crushing whole peeled tomatoes into a frying pan on the stove for sour cream Tomato Sauce Pasta.
  4. Slowly whisk in the sour cream mixture to the tomatoes in the skillet.  Cook for another 5 minutes until the sauce thickens and starts to bubble (lightly cover with aluminum foil if it starts to splatter).  Add salt and pepper, mix, then add more if needed to taste.

    Luscious Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta mixing in the sour cream.
  5. Stir in the basil, leaving a little for garnish.  If you cooked the pasta ahead of time and it is cold, put it in a strainer and run warm water over it to soften and separate it.  Stir the cooked pasta into the tomato sauce.

    sour cream Tomato Sauce close up with basil slices on top.
  6. Serve in a bowl or plate and garnish with basil and grated parmesan cheese (if you like).  Enjoy!

    This Luscious Sour Cream Tomato Sauce Pasta tastes amazing - and it's amazingly simple to make!! I call it Luscious because the tomatoes, which are still slightly chunky become this thick, creamy, smooth, velvety, and flavorful sauce. The combination of the San Marzano tomatoes and sour cream takes a simple red sauce to a perfect pink heavenly cream sauce!

Recipe Notes

  1. What Pasta is best to use for this recipe?  I love a short cut pasta with places for the sauce to creep into, like a fusilli, rotini, campanelle, penne, farfalle, or even elbow. Of course, if you only have long pasta on hand, like spaghetti or linguine, any pasta will work! You can use either dry or fresh pasta, but I find that if you are making this ahead and reheating it, then a dry short cut will hold up best during the reheating.
  2. What protein is best to add to this?  You could cut chicken breast into bite-size cubes and cook it in the pan and then transfer it to a plate before making the sauce. Then add the chicken bak into the sauce at the end. You could do the same method with shrimp. You could also use a chickpea-based pasta in this, which will give you lots of protein! 
  3. Can I freeze this sauce?  If you want to make this ahead and freeze, my recommendation is to leave the sour cream out until you thaw the sauce and reheat it. When you reheat it, do so in a skillet over medium heat. While the sauce is reheating, follow Step 3 in the Prep Ahead Steps and then Steps 3-5 in the Cooking Steps.