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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

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This is another recipe that is loosely inspired by an Ina Garten one. I love a good pasta; unfortunately, tomato sauces are a little harder to innovate. This one started out as her sausage and fennel pasta, but we modified it along the way with some different flavors.

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Rob and I really liked the idea of a creamy tomato sauce like Ina’s recipe. To mix it up we added a little shallot with the fennel. The bigger add for us was some sun-dried tomato. I really love them as an ingredient; they have a bit of saltiness and are better than regular tomatoes in my opinion.

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This is one of those pastas where a little goes a long way. Its not overly heavy, but its definitely filling. Even Rob, who normally likes a lot of pasta, couldn’t eat seconds. The quick cooking of this recipe makes it a great weeknight option that you can throw together for a family.

Creamy Tomato Pasta

An easy variation of one of my favorite Ina Garten recipes perfect for a weeknight.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cream sauce, fennel, ina garten, Italian, pasta, sun-dried tomato
Servings: 4 People


  • 1 Lb Italian Sausage
  • 1 Lb Rigatoni
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 1 Fennel Bulb finely diced
  • 1 Shallot finely diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves finely diced
  • 5 Sun-Dried Tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flake
  • 1.5 Tbs Tomato Paste
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Half & Half
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Heat the butter in a skillet or saute pan over medium heat.
  • Boil the water for the pasta, cook to desired doneness, starting about the time the sausage is almost done.
  • Add the fennel, cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the shallot, cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the sausage, cook through (about 5-6 minutes).
  • Add the sun-dried tomato, red pepper flake, and garlic for the last minute.
  • Add the creams and tomato paste, bring to a simmer and allow to reduce while the pasta finishes.
  • Toss the pasta into the sauce and serve.

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