Luscious Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta

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!

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