Mexican Pasta Salad with Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

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Close up of Mexican Pasta Salad in white bowl on counter with second bowl in upper left corner and tomato half on plate. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!

Fall is about comfort foods and this Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad with Corn and Sun Dried Tomato Dressing is a comforting, creamy and smoky dish that’s bursting with flavor and texture!  First, you get creaminess and depth, as well as smokiness and and a hint of sweet from the sun dried tomato dressing.  Then you get freshness from the tomatoes and a burst of sweet from the corn.  Finally a bite from the scallion and cilantro.  It’s the perfect comfort side dish or add beef, chicken or shrimp and call it a meal!  Gluten Free, Vegetarian

It’s getting a little silly how many recipes I seem to be developing with a Mexican inspiration.  But I just love all of those smokey and salty spices and flavors!  I also really love Sun Dried Tomatoes, which may seem a bit strange for a Mexican recipe.  However, when blended into the dressing for this Mexican Pasta Salad, the Sun Dried Tomatoes give such depth and a hint of sweetness to the dressing, which is simply fantastic!

Close up of Mexican Pasta Salad in white bowl on counter with second bowl in upper left corner and tomato half on plate. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MEXICAN PASTA SALAD

This is another great recipe that can be made entirely ahead and then eaten in the next days!

To prepare, you will need to cook the pasta and let it cool.  I used a Gluten Free Penne for this salad.  There are several brands out there that I like, including Banza, which is made from chickpeas.  Just be sure not to over cook the gluten free pasta or it will just fall apart on you when you mix it with the rest of the ingredients.  Of course, you do not need to go Gluten free here, any of your favorite short-cut pastas will be fine!

Then dice the tomato, thaw the corn or cut it from the cobb after it is cooked, chop the cilantro, and slice the scallion.

Tomato being diced on cutting board. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!

To make the Mexican Salad Dressing, you simply put the 4 ingredients (Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Taco Seasoning) into a mini food processor and blend them together until smooth and creamy!  Note, this recipe calls for Taco Seasoning, so feel free to use whatever favorite blend you want.  Because some blends have more salt than others, I have not included salt in the dressing recipe so be sure to taste for salt and add to taste.

Sour Cream, Sun dried tomatoes, and taco seasoning in a food processor. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!

Mexican Pasta Salad dressing blended in food processor. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!

 

Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and toss together to combine.  Taste again for salt and add as needed.  Yep, it’s really that simple!

Clear bowl on counter with corn, tomatoes, pasta, Mexican dressing, and cilantro. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!Clear bowl on counter with mixed Mexican Pasta Salad with corn, tomatoes, pasta, Mexican dressing, and cilantro. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!

That’s it!  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Close up of Mexican Pasta Salad in white bowl on counter with second bowl in upper left corner and tomato half on plate. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!

Mexican Pasta Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Corn

Fall is about comfort foods and this Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad is a comforting, creamy and smoky dish that's bursting with flavor and texture!  First, you get creaminess and depth, as well as smokiness and and a hint of sweet from the sun dried tomato dressing.  Then you get freshness from the tomatoes and a burst of sweet from the corn.  Finally a bite from the scallion and cilantro.  It's the perfect comfort side dish or add beef, chicken or shrimp and call it a meal!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword corn, pasta, pasta salad, salad, sun dried tomato, tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Gluten Free Penne, uncooked Any short cut pasta will work
  • 1 Beefsteak Tomato, large
  • 1 cup Corn Kernels, frozen of corn fresh is great too, just be sure to cook it
  • 3 Tbls Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Sun dried Tomatoes In oil or Soaked in water to rehydrate and soften
  • 2 tsp Taco Seasoning

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. Cook your pasta according to package instructions.  Then cool in the fridge.

  2. Dice the tomatoes

    Tomato being diced on cutting board. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!
  3. If your Sun Dried tomatoes are purchased dry, then soak them in hot water to rehydrate for at least 30 minutes.  If they are already in oil, no need to do this.  Rough chop the sun dried tomatoes so they blend easier.

  4. Chop the cilantro.  Slice the scallions.  Thaw and cool the corn kernels if frozen.

Make the Dressing/Sauce

  1. To a mini food processor or blender, add the mayonnaise, sour cream, sun dried tomatoes, taco seasoning.  Blend.  Taste for salt and add as desired (some taco seasonings have more salt than others).

    Sour Cream, Sun dried tomatoes, and taco seasoning in a food processor. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!

Make Salad

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the pasta, corn, tomato, cilantro, scallion, and dressing.  

    Clear bowl on counter with corn, tomatoes, pasta, Mexican dressing, and cilantro. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!
  2. Fold all ingredients together to combine. Taste again for salt and add to taste.  Enjoy!

    Clear bowl on counter with mixed Mexican Pasta Salad with corn, tomatoes, pasta, Mexican dressing, and cilantro. This Creamy Mexican Pasta Salad has Sun Dried Tomatoes, Corn, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, and smoky Mexican spices. The dressing is creamy and smoky with lots of depth and a hint of sweetness from the Sun Dried Tomatoes that are blended in. Terrific as a side or mix in some chicken or beef and call it a meal!

Recipe Notes

If you are having this as a side dish, you will obviously get more servings from it.  However, if you add some grilled Chicken, or ground beef, or shredded pork, or grilled shrimp, you can have this as a meal!  If served as a meal, you may only get 4 servings.

Luscious Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta

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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 Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta is a recipe that I have been cooking for years, but was never really a recipe in my mind, just my go-to dish for when I hadn’t really planned anything else.  But the taste is anything but an afterthought…it’s seriously amazing – and amazingly simple!!  I describe it as luscious because the tomatoes, which are still slightly chunky become this thick, creamy, smooth, velvety, and flavorful sauce.  I warn you, you will want to lock the doors, grab a spoon, and eat this 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!

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR COOKING ‘KIT’

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 ingredients

Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta - Sour Cream mixed

  • Make the Rotini or Fusilli pasta and store in a storage bag in the fridge.  I use Gluten-Free Rotini pasta in this dish, but use your favorite!
  • Place the 5 prepped ingredients on a pan in the fridge to create your Kit:  garlic, tomatoes, sour cream mixture, and pasta.

 

LET’S COOK:

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

Saute the garlic in a preheated large skillet, add the tomatoes and cook for several 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 parmesan cheese (if you like)!

Enjoy!!

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!

Luscious Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta

This Luscious Tomato Cream 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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 28 oz San Marzano Tomatoes, whole peeled (1 can)
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Base
  • 1 tbls Cornstarch
  • 3 tbls basil, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 3 cups uncooked pasta

Instructions

Prep Ahead to make your Cooking Kit

  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.
    Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta - Sour Cream ingredients
  4. Make the Fusilli pasta and store in a storage bag in the fridge.
  5. Place the 5 prepped ingredients on a pan in the fridge to create your Kit: garlic, tomatoes, sour cream mixture, and pasta.

Cook

  1. 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.   

  2. 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!  
  3. 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 to taste.

    Luscious Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta mixing in the sour cream.
  4. 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.

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

    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!