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Tomato Cream Sauce for Pasta

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Tomato Cream Sauce for Pasta

I like to add black olives to my pasta sauce

I like to add black olives to my pasta sauce

Tomato Cream Sauce

Tomato Cream Sauce for Pasta

This is my favorite recipe for creamy tomato pasta sauce. I use to buy cans, jars, or the packets of Knorr pasta powder mix. Now that I've found this easy and delicious recipe, I will always make it myself. There is no comparison between home-made pasta sauce and store bought.

*Note* Serve the creamy sauce over pasta of your choice. I tend to go for the Angel Hair Pasta; but any pasta will do.

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Here are 10 reasons why you should have tomatoes in your kitchen and pantry according to WebMD:

  1. Tomatoes contain all four major carotenoids: alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. These carotenoids may have individual benefits, but also have synergy as a group (that is, they interact to provide health benefits).
  2. In particular, tomatoes contain awesome amounts of lycopene,thought to have the highest antioxidant activity of all the carotenoids.
  3. Tomatoes and broccoli have synergy that may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.One study showed that prostate tumors grew much more slowly in rats that were fed both tomato and broccoli powder than in rats given lycopene as a supplement or fed just the broccoli or tomato powder alone.
  4. A diet rich in tomato-based products may help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a study from The University of Montreal. The researchers found that lycopene (provided mainly by tomatoes) was linked to a 31% reduction in pancreatic cancer risk between men with the highest and lowest intakes of this carotenoid.
  5. Tomatoes contain all three high-powered antioxidants:beta-carotene (which has vitamin A activity in the body), vitamin E, and vitamin C. A U.S. Department of Agriculture report, What We Eat in America, noted that a third or us get too little vitamin C and almost half get too little vitamin A.
  6. Tomatoes are rich in potassium, a mineral most of us don't get enough of. A cup of tomato juice contains 534 milligrams of potassium, and 1/2 cup of tomato sauce has 454 milligrams.
  7. When tomatoes are eaten along with healthier fats, like avocado or olive oil, the body's absorption of the carotenoid phytochemicals in tomatoes can increase by two to 15 times, according to a study from Ohio State University.
  8. Tomatoes are a big part of the famously healthy Mediterraneandiet. Many Mediterranean dishes and recipes call for tomatoes or tomato paste or sauce. Some recent studies, including one from The University of Athens Medical School, have found that people who most closely follow the Mediterranean diet have lower death rates from heart disease and cancer. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, who followed more than 39,000 women for seven years, found that consumption of oil- and tomato-based products -- particularly tomato and pizza sauce -- was associated with cardiovascular benefits.
  9. When breastfeeding moms eat tomato products, it increases the concentration of lycopenein their breast milk. In this case, cooked is best. The researchers also found that eating tomato products like tomato sauce increased concentrations of lycopene in breast milk more than eating fresh tomatoes did.
  10. Tomato peels contribute a high concentration of the carotenoids found in tomatoes. The amount of carotenoids absorbed by human intestinal cells was much greater with tomato paste enriched with tomato peels compared to tomato paste without peels, according to a study from Marseille, France. The tomato skin also holds most of the flavonols (another family of phytochemicals that includes quercetin and kaempferol) as well. So to maximize the health propertiesof tomatoes, don't peel them if you can help it!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

20 min

25 min

Makes 5 Servings

What You'll Need

Ingredients you'll need for Tomato Cream Sauce.

Ingredients you'll need for Tomato Cream Sauce.

Ingredients for Tomato Cream Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 (15) Oz Cans Diced Tomatoes, Undrained
  • 1 Tablespoon Basil Leaves, Dried
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Oregano, Dried
  • 3/4 Teaspoon White Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream or any type Milk, (I use skim because it's healthier)
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • Parmesan or Romano Cheese, To Taste
  • I Can Black Olives, (Optional)
  • 2-4 Chicken Breasts, (Optional) Diced into Chunks
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning

Directions for Pasta Sauce

  1. Heat butter and olive oil over medium heat in sauce pan or wok. I always use my handy dandy wok
  2. Add onions and garlic-Saute' for five minutes
  3. Pour in milk/cream, and cans of diced tomatoes. Add basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and sugar
  4. Stir and cook over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Pour home-made Tomato Cream Sauce over pasta of choice
  6. *Note* I add Black Olives and Chicken to my cream sauce

Pasta Sauce

Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce

I like to serve french bread with my pasta dishes.

I like to serve french bread with my pasta dishes.

© 2015 Linda Rogers


Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on May 23, 2015:

Glad to hear this recipe is good for vegans. If you try it with almond milk, I'd like to hear how it turns out. I bet it will be fantastic! Thanks so much for coming by.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on May 22, 2015:

I like that this recipe can be vegetarian, or even vegan if you used almond milk. Something that would be cool to try.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on May 07, 2015:

LOL-It is yummy stricktlydating. Hope you try it out sometime.

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on May 07, 2015:

Oh yes please! Yum!

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Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on May 06, 2015:

It's my pleasure to share this recipe. I know you will like it. Thanks for the vote-much appreciated!

torrilynn on May 06, 2015:

this tomato cream sauce looks absolutely delicious. thanks for the recipe. can't wait to try it sooner rather than later. Voted up.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on May 06, 2015:

Shauna-I am so glad to hear you tried this sauce recipe. I agree that it's not heavy or rich. I too use skim milk instead of cream. I also like the angel hair pasta with this sauce. It's just a nice thin noodle that goes well with this sauce. I really appreciate you coming by and letting me know you tried it and liked it. It makes me so happy when a hub can be useful. Have a great day my friend.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 06, 2015:

Linda, I had to come back to tell you I made this recipe last night. It was delicious! Since it was just me and my son, I reduced the recipe by half. I omitted the sugar, substituted milk for the cream, and eyeballed the herbs, salt, and pepper. He doesn't like black olives, so I added them to my plate. Even after halving the recipe, I still have enough sauce for at least four more servings.

This tomato cream sauce is very light, yet huge with flavor. It beats my cook-for-four-hours spaghetti sauce hands down. Traditional spaghetti sauce tends to be heavy, at least mine is because I make it pretty thick.

I served your sauce over angel hair and made garlic bread to go with it. It satisfied my taste buds, filled my tummy, but didn't make me feel miserably full.

Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with us. It will now be my go-to when I want red sauce over pasta.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 25, 2015:

Hi poetryman-Meatballs would be a great addition. That's why I love this sauce recipe. You can do whatever meat or veggie you want in the pasta sauce. I usually stir fry chicken to add to mine. Thanks for coming by-I really appreciate it.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 25, 2015:

Your so sweet Jo-this is a really easy recipe. I make it once a week at least. Hope your having a great weekend my friend.

poetryman6969 on April 24, 2015:

I have to have some meatballs in there but this creamy sauce sounds like a great change of pace.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on April 24, 2015:

Another great idea and anything with black olives is my kind of meal that I consider top notch! Shared and up she goes.

I really enjoy the ideas you share and how easy they are to make! Thanks again for the ideas. :-))

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 25, 2015:

Thanks for coming by Diane. I just made this sauce again today for lunch. I added it to left over pasta. Love this sauce!

Diane Cass from New York on February 25, 2015:

I agree. Homemade is far superior to anything from a can.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 23, 2015:

This looks really good, and I'd love to try it!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 21, 2015:

LOL-glad you can taste because then you how how good it is. Thanks for checking out my sauce recipe hub.

breakfastpop on February 20, 2015:

This such looks and sounds delicious. Actually , I can taste it!!!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 20, 2015:

Hi ChitrangadaSharon-I hope you'll let me know if you try this recipe. You will not be sorry-it's super delicious! Thanks for coming by-much appreciated my friend.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 20, 2015:

Thanks Faith Reaper for sharing this all over. I really appreciate it. I agree that home-made sauce is the best way to go! have a great weekend my friend.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 20, 2015:

Hi Alicia-I find this recipe far better than using the jars or packets. It's easy and delish. What's better than that, right? :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 20, 2015:

Thanks for stopping Clive. It's an awesome pasta sauce. Have a great weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 20, 2015:

This sounds really delicious and easy to make. The combination of ingredients looks interesting. Would love to try this sauce.

Thanks and voted up!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on February 19, 2015:

Oh, yum ... this looks heavenly! I will try it. Nothing beats homemade sauce.

Thank you for sharing.

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Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 19, 2015:

I love the combination of tomato, cheese and herbs, so I'm sure I'd find this sauce delicious. It sounds very creamy and flavourful! I think it would be a great addition to pasta.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on February 19, 2015:

looks delicious

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 19, 2015:

Hi Ruby-It's my pleasure. You will love this creamy tomato sauce; and you can use it with any type of pasta. It's one of my families new favorites.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 19, 2015:

Hi Caseworker-my thoughts exactly! This sauce can be tweaked any way that fits you. I looked up a bunch of recipe's for this sauce and just added some ingredients, and changed up some other things. We use skim milk in my house, so since that's what's around, I use it. It also turns out creamier which makes more sauce. Thanks for coming by today.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 19, 2015:

Hi Laura-I love sharing great recipe's with the hub community. You and the kids are my best critics. I know you'll be brutally honest about all my recipe's, and this one has been a big hit! Love you sis.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 19, 2015:

Hi my brave warrior friend- Shauna-This is undoubtedly a simpler recipe than your spaghetti sauce. I actually found this recipe because I was out of the packets of sauce mix powder. I looked at a bunch of different variations on this recipe and tweaked it to my liking. Thanks much for coming by.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 19, 2015:

Hi Jackie-it makes me smile that your excited to make this nummy pasta sauce. No more buying it in jars, cans or packets now that I found this recipe; which I have tweaked to my liking. Appreciate you stopping by.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 19, 2015:

Hi Tami and thanks so much for checking out my sauce recipe. I agree that making your own sauce is the best way to go. I actually use skim milk with this recipe to cut the calories. It's all about honing it to your own tastes, just like you said. I make this particular sauce once a week because the family loves it!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 19, 2015:

Bill-So glad to hear your trying it this weekend. It's super simple to make and delish! It is cold here in Minnesota and am anxiously awaiting signs of spring. Have a great day my friend.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 19, 2015:

Linda. I make my own spaghetti sauce too. Your sauce sounds delicious, I've never used milk in my sauce. I will try your recipe. Thank you for sharing...

CASE1WORKER from UNITED KINGDOM on February 19, 2015:

The beauty of a home made sauce is that you can leave something out if you really hate it- I don't really like Garlic so I would leave it out and of course you could do the low fat alternative with low fat cream- good recipe which could be used with any form of pasta

Laura Arne from Minnetonka, MN on February 19, 2015:

Hi Sis-I like this sauce so much better than the packets you use to buy. Home-made is definitely the better way to go. Glad your sharing this amazing sauce with our hub friends.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 19, 2015:

Linda, I make my own spaghetti sauce, but have never made tomato cream sauce. This looks yummy and is much quicker to prepare. My sauce cooks for four hours. I will definitely try this with the black olives. I can almost taste it now....

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 18, 2015:

As soon as I saw this I thought how much I like cream of tomato soup and so this flavor has to be so very good! I won't waste any time trying this and thank you for a recipe that made me think I should have thought of that! lol Great of you to share.


Tami Rogers from Seattle, Washington on February 18, 2015:

YUMMY! I started making all my own sauces a few years ago and I will never go back! This one looks great and I will try it! What I like about making my own (especially cream sauces) is that I can moderate it and cut some of the cream by using half and half..

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 18, 2015:

Well, Linda, speaking for myself and Bev, I thank you. We'll be trying your recipe this weekend.

Hope all is well in your frigid part of the world.


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