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Lover's Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce by Modern Honey

Everyone needs a killer tomato cream sauce in their dinner rotation. A tomato cream sauce that is so simple that it can be made in less than 30 minutes but still pleases the masses (aka the hungry people in your casa).

Lover's Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce by Modern Honey

I just got home from being gone for 8 days on a Caribbean cruise with my mother-in-law and 5 sister-in-laws. I am walking around my house wondering where the buffet is when I need it! 🙂 I MISS the BUFFET! I need to get going and make dinner again and I am eyeing only simple dinner recipes that I can put together in my sleep.  This Lover’s Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce is the ticket! It can be made in less than 30 minutes and is so fresh and creamy. We actually ate it my very first night back to “reality.”

Lover's Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce by Modern Honey

Lover’s Pasta is made by sauteing onion and garlic in butter and extra virgin olive oil until softened. Diced tomatoes and tomato paste are added plus chicken broth for a depth of flavor.  Red pepper flakes add that perfect amount of subtle spice. The sauce is simmered until the flavors start to meld together.  Heavy Cream is added at the end which adds a rich creaminess to the sauce. The tomato cream sauce is tossed with cooked pasta and topped with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Lover's Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce by Modern Honey

This tomato cream sauce can be tossed with your favorite kind of pasta — angel hair, penne, spaghetti or farfalle. If I am serving this pasta sauce to picky kiddos, I will usually blend it so it’s nice and creamy.  Little kids are sometimes afraid of chunks so we just smooth it all out and it’s all good. Kids dig this Lover’s Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce.

Lover's Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce by Modern Honey

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4.86 from 14 votes

Lover's Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
A tomato cream sauce that is packed with flavor -- onion and garlic sauteed in butter and oil then simmered with tomatoes, broth, and cream. Topped with spices, basil and parmesan cheese.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil or any oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves finely diced
  • (1) 28-ounce can Diced Tomatoes can use whole plum canned totatoes
  • 1/4 cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil torn or cut into ribbons
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 lb. Pasta of choice thin spaghetti, angel hair, penne, bowtie, etc


  • In large skillet, heat oil and butter over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook until softened, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken broth. If using whole plum tomatoes, break up with back of spoon or in blender. Stir in red chili flakes, salt and pepper.
  • Let simmer for 15 minutes (or longer if time allows).
  • Meanwhile, boil water for pasta. Once boiling, cook according to package instructions.
  • Stir in heavy cream.
  • Toss with with cooked pasta. Top with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Keyword: tomato cream pasta
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Now it’s back to schedules, homework, and carpools. Even though it was a fabulous trip, I was homesick for my family so it’s always good to be home. Hope you LOVE this Lover’s Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce. Have a great night, my friends! xo

Happy Cooking!

Lover's BEST EVER Tomato Cream Pasta by Modern Honey

Hi, I'm Melissa Stadler!

I am an Award-Winning Recipe Creator. Cover of Food Network Magazine. Two-Time Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist. I am passionate about sharing the best recipes so you have success in the kitchen!

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  1. 4 stars
    Although this is very yummy, it did not thicken in any way. I let it simmer for 1 hr.
    I would call it a creamy tomato soup not a pasta sauce.

  2. 5 stars
    If I had an Italian Grandmother I’d write her a letter and include this amazing recipe. I’ve made many tomato cream sauces over the years. And they are all good, but something about this one … it was so creamy and flavorful. It seems like it has all the same ingredients as the others, and yet, it was amazing. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.