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Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

A super easy pasta dish with the most amazing, creamiest sun-dried tomato sauce ever, made in less than 30 min!

Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce - A super easy pasta dish with the most amazing, creamiest sun-dried tomato sauce ever, made in less than 30 min!

Remember that sun-dried tomato cream sauce I made not too long ago? The one I wanted to guzzle down? Well, I just had to make it again, except this time I turned into an epic pasta dish.

Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce - A super easy pasta dish with the most amazing, creamiest sun-dried tomato sauce ever, made in less than 30 min!

Best of all, this is the easiest pasta dish ever, and you can add in your favorite meats and/or veggies – the possibilities are endless. Although I highly recommend the smoked andouille chicken sausage (found at Trader Joe’s) – it pairs beautifully with the sun dried tomatoes and heavenly cream sauce!

Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

A super easy pasta dish with the most amazing, creamiest sun-dried tomato sauce ever, made in less than 30 min!

10 minutes20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces penne
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 smoked andouille sausage links, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

For the cream sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup julienned sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage, and cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes; set aside.
  3. To make the cream sauce, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Stir in heavy cream, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Stir in pasta and sausage until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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104 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so good, even with all alterations I made for being vegan and also for wanting to only use what I already have. Like a lot of reviewers commented, this recipe is a great base For the heavy cream, I used a recipe with just 2 ingredients: cashews and plant-based milk (I used Macadamia Nut Milk). Instead of Parmesan, I used Daiya’s Cheddar block. Instead of sausage, I used All VegetarianVegan Smoked Drum Sticks. And I used Veggie Broth. This is definitely a keeper!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is so, so good and creamy!

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    I was searching for a sun-dried tomato recipe to complement my tomato basil bread. Thanks for putting this out there! It’s a great base.

    I made a few tweaks:
    -used Costco’s Amylou garlic asiago chicken sausge
    -little white wine to deglaze the brown bits in sausage pan, added 1 tbs of butter to the existing oil remnants
    -used the pasta water in replacement of the chicken broth
    -cut a zucchini, salted, and let it sit to remove some moisture, then added to the sauce before the cream to cook a bit

    Delicious! I’ll post pic on insta under coachTerriS

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Best pasta ever! Super easy to cook too!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious! Substituted smoked paprika for red pepper flakes and leftover ground bratwurst for andouille sausage and it was still a hit! So thankful you shared this recipe.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love all your recipes.
    Elegant, tasteful and yet simple.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Looks & sounds delicious. It’s now on my menu for this weekend. Was wondering if the cream sauce could be made 1 day ahead, kept in fridge, & then warmed up on stove the following day & poured over the freshly cooked pasta? Having a huge crowd & trying to pre-prep as many dishes as possible. Thanks! 

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    This is a terrific base recipe that can be used with an endless variety of proteins and vegetable variations. I strongly encourage the addition of lemon juice or any acid to brighten up the dish. Thanks for offering a quick, easy and cost effective recipe!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is fast and easy and was indeed tasty. I added some chopped pepperoni instead and I also made a puttanesca sauce as a choice and the two actually paired well side by side!  Will make this again for the family. I used dried Sun-Dried tomatoes and still tasted well. 

  10. I made this (double) for my family tonight and it was a major hit! I used the leftover water from softening the sun dried tomatoes to cook my sausage in and also added red onion and mushrooms. Sautéed that all done and added it to my sauce that I had made in a separate pan then added al dente noodles to complete! So delicious! 

  11. WOW! This is delicious!!! I bought a jar of sundried tomatoes over 6 months ago. I went in search of a recipe to use it with. I found you! I had heavy cream leftover from a few days ago… this worked perfectly!! I did not add the sausage… did not have any meat. I plan on making this again and again!!! I doubled the batch and am so glad I did!! <3!!!! TYTYTYTY!! <3 !

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made only the sauce. It was excellent. Planning on making your complete recipe another day.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is amazing!   I have been looking for a long time for just the right pasta recipe and this is it!    I made it without the sausage and it was still great so I’m sure it would be over the top with the sausage.    Thanks so much for the recipe!

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Hi, I made this vegetarian using what items we have available here in Finland. Since there is no veggie (or even regular) Andouille sausage, I used Quorn sausages instead and added a sprinkling of smoked paprika; I have never had Andouille sausages, but I read up on the ingredients and that seemed appropriate. I sauteed them with some added onions (because we love them) and followed the rest of the recipe as written. Substituted chicken broth for vegan chicken broth and used reduced fat (10%) cream instead to cut down on calories and fat a little bit. Very delicious once everything came together. 🙂 Even my husband enjoyed it, and he hates anything with even the slightest taste of cheese. Thank you again for the recipe!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m pretty picky with recipes because I cook so much, but I tried this as a vegetarian dish and I loved it. It’s going in the favourites for sure!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy and delicious.  Made it with home-made oven dried tomatoes during garden season, even better.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so easy! I usually have trouble with gravies and cream sauces but this was super easy. And it really didn’t take me much more than 30 minutes! I used hillshire farm andouille sausage and it worked great. Too bad I can’t make this at work for our potluck this Friday. It would be gone in minutes.

  18. I discovered this recipe last weekend and I’ve made it twice already. It is the best pasta dish I have EVER made at home myself. SO easy. SO good. It’s going into the weekly rotation for sure! Love this so much and can’t wait to experiment with different meats and veggies in this delicious cream sauce.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just made the sauce and it tasted delicious!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m in the process of making thr tomato cream sauce but I’m going to use it as a base on which I’ll place sausage cakes, sort of like crab cakes but sausage instead. The sauce sounds great! Thanks for the recipe. 

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Watched your recipe being used on a Weed’em & Reap video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67nOCc9Ylu8) and decided to try my own spin on it. Used Chicken thighs and the cream sauce recipe, threw everything in a Quick Pot and pressure cooked. Served over rice, AMAZING!!! Just had a bowl of leftovers…thanks for sharing!!! 😀

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is by far the best most delicious dish I’ve ever had.

  23. Hi Chungah! Would I be able to make this recipe using zucchini noodles instead of pasta?

    Thank you!

  24. I have tried many of your recipes and enjoyed them all, but this one was my favorite. Absolutely delicious!
    Keep up the good work. Really enjoy your work.

    Michael

  25. Delicious, and easy to make! Reheated really well on the stove- put it in a non stick skillet and heated while adding splashes of milk here and there as I went. Was just as creamy as when I made it!

  26. This is one of my absolute favorite recipes.  Truly comfort food.  I use fat free half and half to be a tad calorie conscious!  
    I love andouille sausage but have also made it with grilled chicken.  You cannot go wrong with whatever you out in!  Amazing – Thank You!

  27. I’ve made this twice now. Easy, quick, and delicious! I don’t typically enjoy leftovers but this was an exception.

  28. This was amazing! I made it with spinach and ricotta ravioli and had to add more broth and heavy cream since I like my pasta on the saucy side. I just want to compliment you on your recipes and simplicity. As a full time working mom, your website has been a life saver!

  29. Hi Chungah, I just made this today and it’s DELISH! I have tried several of your recipes, and have yet to try one that didn’t turn out great. The first one was the one pan garlic pasta dish that I made a couple years ago, and it was the first time I had actually cooked anything. Now I love trying new recipes and cooking! Thank you for sharing such delicious, creative dishes, and making them easy to follow. I also really appreciate the healthier recipes on this website, and the nutritional info. I always look forward to your posts 🙂

  30. Can you use turkey sausage as we do not eat pork???

  31. Hi Chungah!

    I’ve made this recipe three times so far and it’s so delicious.
    I am planning to make it for a party but two of my guests don’t eat meat so I wanted to use shrimp instead.
    I was wondering when I should cook the shrimp, should I cook it beforehand like the sausage and then add it after? Or should I add the uncooked shrimp after the sauce is made and cook it in the sauce?

    Thank you!

  32. I like a lot of sauce, a lot of flavour and richness so I did everything as listed but added maybe 1/4 cup extra chicken stock and about 1/3-1/2 a cup 1% milk. It is a forgiving sauce as mentioned and I also have made the “mother” recipe of chicken in sundried tomato cream sauce. I picked up at least 25 lb tomatoes over the summer from farmers markets and from generous gardeners and dried them, this was a great opportunity to use literally, the fruits of my labor. Good for company or a special treat.

  33. This was delicious!! The only thing I did different was add two huge handfuls of fresh spinach at the end, let it wilt, then serve up our plates.
    All my boys loved it and so did I!! 

    You never disappoint!

  34. This was amazing! I had some fresh ravioli on hand and I used fresh herbs from my garden. My whole family raved about it and I can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch today!

  35. This recipe was a HUGE hit in my house! I personally like Italian sausage better, so I used Italian sausage , I also added 2 cups of kale and doubled the recipe with the sauce as I had a family of 5 to feed. It got really thick so I added a little extra heavy cream to make it a little less thick. Was perfection ! I also used double the recipe in garlic, as I personally love garlic! I was told by my son, husband and grandmother that this was the best pasta dish they have ever had! And we are Italian lol #Amazing 

    I served with garlic bread and salad!

    Don’t forget the red wine !

    I even made some chocolate gelatin for dessert!

    Huge winner guys! Men it’s easy enough for you to make and surprise on a special occasion! 

    Thanks for the recipe!

    Bravo ! 

  36. Can I substitute vegie broth for the chicken broth? My husband and son are vegetarian. 

  37. What i would recommend :
    This is a great recipe overall!  I only had a few problems, i had pasta that required 11 minutes of cooking and started it at the beginning, following the instructions,  and it was done before i even got to the chicken broth, i would say , start thr pasta right after you finish whisking in the heavy cream, so you can avoid your noodles getting cold in the strainer.

    Also, the recipe for the sauce calls for 2 cloves of garlic and then 3 cloves aswell, do i need 5 total?
    Yummy for sure! 10/10 JRHNBR

  38. I am looking for good recipes to feed a very large group (about 150) at a family reunion.  And items that I can make ahead of time.  Do you think this sauce would reheat well if I made it ahead of time and then just cooked the pasta fresh and poured the heated sauce over it? 

    • Unfortunately, without having tried this myself, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment.

  39. Hi! Making this tonight for some guests. Do you have a suggestion for a side dish that would pair well with this?

  40. Do you post the nutritional facts for your recipes? Would love to track this somehow.

    • Nutritional information is provided only for select and new recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, I recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information.

  41. This is delicious! It was perfect for 2. No leftovers, yay!

  42. mmm, very good this recipe

  43. I don’t usually comment but had to for this one. This was certainly “Damn Delicious”! Everyone loved it (tasted like it was from a restaurant). Like a previous commenter stated it is very forgiving – I forgot to add the spices and cheese until the end and just tossed the whole thing together with some extra half/half. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  44. I ended up with more sausage than penne so I’m doubling the noodles. I used the Johnsonville brand andouille links. Maybe they are larger than normal andouille links? 

  45. what a delicious recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  46. Looks delicious, thaks for sharing !

  47. The 8oz of pasta is DRY pasta, right? Just want to make sure – I’m cooking for 8 people so want to make sure I have enough of everything!

    • Yes, Camille, that is correct. You will be cooking the pasta as listed in the very first step of the directions:

      In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.

  48. Great, quick pasta recipe. We are a gluten free family and my picky teen even loved it. I added asparagus, sauted onions, and chopped chicken with brown rice pasta. We subsituted the flour with cornstarch and half and half for the heavy cream. Complete meal with protein, veggies and carbs Yum!

  49. Amazing and simple recipe. I am trying it today.

  50. This sauce in sinfully delicious!! My husband says it is one of the best things I ever made! And I fancy myself a good cook too 🙂 . I used grilled chicken breast instead of the sausage and Trader Joe’s Pappardelle Pasta instead of the penne and it was absolutely amazing! I thank you for this wonderful recipe, but my waistline hates you! :)lol

  51. Made this today for lunch and it was awesome! I used a spinach feta chicken sausage that a local grocery store makes fresh. Delish!! I think this would be great with simple grilled chicken too. The sauce is just amazing! Definitely a keeper.

  52. Love the recipe! Just out of curiosity, have you ever frozen and then reheated it? How did it turn out?

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  53. Pasta with a sundried tomato cream sauce? It’s like 1993 is having a party in my mouth!

  54. We make this with salmon instead of sausages, it’s delicious!

  55. Making this tonight and just wondering why this recipe has flour and the original one with the chicken doesn’t? Do I still need flour if I’m using double cream (I’m in the UK). Thanks!!

  56. I made this just now and my son, who is almost 22, just licked the pan!!!! Do you want a better compliment? I follow you on Pinterest and I love your recipies!

  57. This looks super yummy! I just moved into a new apartment with an induction cook top so I am investing in some new cookware. I was wondering what skillet you used for this recipe. I am looking for a good stainless steel skillet. I don’t know what size to buy. Please help. Thanks!

  58. My husband and I just had this for dinner and we are already obsessed with it! Serious yum!

  59. I must say, this is a delightful meal. I tried the sauce in the original chicken recipie, and it was a hands down roaring success, finding me favour with the whole family for a good couple of days afterwards.

    I had the nerve to add a finely chopped shallott to the mix, while sauteeing the garlic. I feel this added a hint of sweetness, and may just have enhnanced the sauce by an albeit marginal degree.

    Afterwards I had a brainwave. MUSSELLS!

    Ill keep coming back for more inspiration. Thanks in advance.

    Uncle Richard

  60. I made this for lunch and it was DELICIOUS! The only minor change I made was to deglaze the pan with a little white wine after I removed the sausage. Thanks for the great recipe!

  61. Thanks for such delicious recipe! I’ve been looking for sun dried tomatoes pasta and this one is exactly what ive been looking for. It’s so good that i have to leave a comment ( i rarely did).

  62. We were gifted a small jar of homegrown sundried tomatoes in oil for Christmas last year. In my search to find the perfect way to use them I found this recipe – and I’m so glad I did. I made it for dinner tonight and – Holy sauce! This was incredible! I subbed Italian sausage instead of the andouille (couldn’t find it) and served it with a Caesar salad. It was a beautiful meal. Ladies, this would be perfect for Valentine’s Day – or other romantic event. Thank you for this recipe and so, so many other fabulous ones on your website!

  63. This cream sauce will benefit from some garlic and a little grated fresh parmesan or other sharp cheese. Toss in minced garlic at the beginning, or if you only have granulated, toss in with the cheese at the very end. In my opinion, it makes the sauce so much better.

    • Thank you for the suggestion!

    • I’m confused by this comment. There is freshly grates parmesan cheese as well as minced garlic (5 cloves!) listed in the recipe.

      I made this for my husband the other night. For new dishes, he usually says “It’s good”, or something equally uninspiring. After eating this he exclaimed, “I would order this in a restaurant!” Thank you for a delicious recipe!

  64. Wow that is an awesome sauce. That would be good with a variety of things—-like cauliflower. Very very very tasty.

  65. Sounds like a great recipe! What are some healthier substitutes for the heavy cream that won’t compromise the taste too much?

    • Half and half or even milk would be a great substitute.

      • Thank you for responding! I googled it right after I left my comment (because I wanted to make it immediately since it was almost dinner time) and ended up using almond milk and cornstarch (who woulda thunk it?!). Anyhoo–it turned out DELICIOUS!! Even my picky little eater wanted more. Thank you for sharing. Absolutely love your recipes!

  66. Holy moly its like you read my mind and knew just exactly what I was craving for dinner. Tonight. And every night from here on out. YUM!

  67. I recently made cream and sun dried tomato sauce chicken and it was da best! Love your pasta and sausage twist. Looks mouthwatering!

  68. Great recipe Chungah 🙂 love how simple it is – I’m obsessed with sun dried tomatoes AND pasta!

  69. Can this be served cold????

  70. I have all the ingredients, but the sausage, but with this sauce, it might not even need that, it looks and sounds amaaazing 😀 x

  71. Sundried tomatoes in a cream sauce is one of my favorite ways to serve pasta! So so good, especially with fresh basil tossed in!

  72. Gotta say Thank You for turning me into a cook. Before I found your website “cooking” meant throwing a Bertolli frozen meal on the stove. Now I am cooking full meals every night! Keep the recipes coming they’re damn delicious!

  73. Wow this looks heavenly and damn delicious !

  74. This dish looks so good, I can’t wait to try it!

  75. I made your previous post of this sauce with chicken. I like the idea of Andouille sausage. I want readers to know how forgiving this sauce is…. I obviously did something wrong but tried to follow recipe exactly. However, when I removed skillet from oven, the sauce was GONE!! Oh oh! All I could think of was to try and rehydrate the sauce. So, I added about 1/3 – 1/2 C more of heavy cream. Whisked it up well to get all the good stuff on the bottom and let it cook just a little. It WORKED!! It came out fabulously. My picky hubby loved it. Thanks for such a delicious forgiving recipe!!

    I wonder what I did wrong?? Any ideas??

    I have made several of your recipes and have loved them all. Thanks for sharing with us.

    And to everyone…..I hope you all have happy, safe, healthy and tasty holidays!! Merry Christmas!!

    • Unfortunately, it is very difficult to answer what went wrong as I was not in the kitchen with you. Although I worry that your heat source may have been set to high, which in turn completely reduced the sauce!

    • It happened exactly same thing for me…:( so I added milk instead of heavy cream. It worked. I made the side dish -spicy parmesan kale and mushrooms saute. It was good dinner. I am going to try this recipe too. Since I have all the ingredients; )

    • KB NP — I do not see where the instructions even mention the oven. You say you pulled the skillet from the oven — why did you put it IN the oven?

      • Spot on…. It says serve immediately. My thoughts they were trying to keep it warm in too hot of an oven. Good catch. Sounds like a very delicious recipe. Thank you.

    • Mel Cole… Good catch on oven bit. Perhaps that’s the reason. LOL

  76. This looks yummy! I’m going to make this week but with zuchinni rather than sausage. Great weeknight dinner during the busy holidays.