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One Pot Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

This one pot pasta recipe is absolutely divine! We love the rich flavor of the sun-dried tomatoes that make the pasta sauce oh-so-yummy.

Easy sun dried tomato pasta

What are sun-dried tomatoes?

Sun-dried tomatoes are amazing! Their flavor is more potent than fresh tomatoes, and it has tons of umami. If you aren’t familiar, umami is the fifth element of taste located at the center of your tongue. It is a category of extra savory flavors!

These tomatoes have been dehydrated, either in the sun (as their name implies) or in an oven. This dehydration process concentrates the flavor of the tomatoes. The tomatoes can lose up to 90% of their weight during the process, packing the flavor into each bite! They have a sweet flavor with a gentle tang.

Sun-dried tomatoes can come stored in two forms: in oil or dry. The main difference between the two is the texture before you cook them. The dry sun-dried tomatoes tend to be chewier because there is nothing to add hydration. When you are cooking sun-dried tomatoes, it doesn’t matter which type you choose because there is an element of hydration!

Since we are essentially hydrating the tomatoes while the pasta cooks, you can use either dry or in oil.

Are sun-dried tomatoes good for you?

Sun-dried tomatoes are relatively good for you. They are filled with vitamin c, fiber, and protein. However, they are high in sodium due to the amount of salt used in the drying process.

Eating them every now and then is a great way to incorporate key minerals and nutrients in your diet. Due to the sodium, however, you probably don’t want to eat sun-dried tomatoes every single day.

How to make our one pot sun-dried tomato pasta

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, add dried penne pasta. Next add spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and marinara sauce.
  2. Pour in the broth and sprinkle salt, pepper and herbs on top.
  3. Bring the pot up to a boil and cover. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is al-dente.
  4. Add in the heavy cream and parmesan and mix it together until the creamy sauce comes together.
  5. Serve immediately with some pine nuts for garnish!

What kind of pasta to use for this one pot pasta recipe

Personally, we love penne pasta for this sun-dried tomato pasta. The sauce is thick and creamy, and the tube shaped pasta is a great vessel for it!

Other types of pasta that would work well with this sauce are:

  • Gemelli is a great pasta for a creamy tomato sauce. It is a twisted pasta that has lots of little crevices – perfect for picking up sauce!
  • Rotini is another awesome pasta shape. Similar to gemelli pasta, rotini noodles are a spiral shape!
  • Bowtie pasta is also a wonderful shape to go along with this sauce. The shape and size is similar to the tomatoes, making for a ton of perfectly balanced bites!

Why we love one pot pasta recipes

One pot pasta is our bread and butter here at Food Dolls. We love this low mess, hands off method of cooking pasta for so many reasons. Sure, you can cook your pasta noodles in salted water and make your sauce separately, but why add the extra steps and dishes?!

A main benefit of one pot pasta is a part of its name – you only need to use a single pot! This means less time cleaning up after dinner and more time for you and/or your family. It also means less time cooking since you are cooking your sauce and your pasta at the exact same time.

If we haven’t sold you on one pot pasta, then get ready! We have more great news about this amazing cooking method. One pot pasta also helps to add an extra level of flavor to your dish.

When pasta noodles cook, they absorb the liquid they’re cooking in. Typically that is just salted water. When you cook pasta with the sauce ingredients, it absorbs all those flavors! Because of that, you end up with an extra tasty pasta dish.

For more one pot pasta recipes you are going to love, check out our one pot pasta recipe round up.

How to store one pot sun-dried tomato pasta

This sun-dried tomato pasta makes for the best leftovers! Store whatever you have leftover in an airtight container. It will last in the fridge for up to 3 days.

The best way to reheat this pasta is in a small stock pot on the stove. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water to help rehydrate the pasta as you reheat it. You can also do this in the microwave!

One Pot Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 340 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 1 lb dried penne
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped and drained sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 cups broth
  • 1 cup good quality marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (optional)
Instructions
 
  • In a large pot or dutch oven, add dried penne pasta. Next add spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and marinara sauce.
  • Pour in the broth and sprinkle salt, pepper and herbs on top.
  • Bring the pot up to a boil and cover. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is al-dente.
  • Add in the heavy cream and parmesan and mix it together until the creamy sauce comes together.
  • Serve immediately with some pine nuts for garnish!
Nutrition
Serving: 8g | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 738mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2088IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword 20 minute meal, one pot pasta, pasta recipe
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this pasta for Father’s Day this year and my daddy LOVED it! Actually, everyone loved it. It’s nice and creamy and super simple to make. I added crushed red peppers and it was just peefecccttttt!

  2. 5 stars
    Family Favorite
    I’ve made this twice in one month already. That’s how much we love it. Including the kids. Super simple to make and fast. I’ll definitely be making this again. You need to try it.
    Thank you!

      1. 5 stars
        Made this over the weekend and it was delicious. A big hit with the family! Fast and easy to make. Will be saved to make again! 😊

  3. Hi there! My twin sister and I love your easy and delicious recipes. What kind of herbs (and how much) did you add to this dish? Oregano? Thanks!

    1. Hi Rebecca, thanks for your kind words!! Good catch, we adjusted the recipe! It’s 1 tsp dried oregano. Let us know how it turns out! xo, Alia & Radwa