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Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta

This Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta is a perfect dinner idea for busy weeknights! Throw all of your ingredients into one pot and dinner will be ready in just 20 minutes!


You know it’s a good week when I’m talking about pasta TWICE. Obviously. And it’s going to get better because this dish does all of its work in the same pot, at the same time. Booyah!

By the way, TGIF! Happy Friday! To those celebrating, HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY! Mine is next week! I’ll explain.

Two words: Macedonian Orthodox. Our calendar is a wee bit behind yours. Nevertheless, Blessings to you all!



Tell me, what’s on your Easter Menu? I’m working on ours this weekend and I’m starting with a batch of these Braided Butter Cookies. Dessert first. Always.

Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta - The easiest and creamiest pasta without the cream! It all happens in the same pot and it'll be on your dinner table in just 20 minutes! Get the recipe on

A few weeks ago I ate this Creamy Lemon One Pot Pasta for lunch… like, I ate almost allll of it … and I LURRRVED it! Enjoyed every darn bite of it!

But then, it got me thinkin’… my husband, the pastaholic, is obsessed with tomato sauce. Obsessed may be an understatement. The dude would bathe in tomato sauce, without a doubt. Thus, I started playing around; throwing tomatoes in the boiling water was NOT my smartest idea. Stirring in cream cheese and tomato sauce?!? BRILLIANT!

Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta - The easiest and creamiest pasta without the cream! It all happens in the same pot and it'll be on your dinner table in just 20 minutes! Get the recipe on

This is pretty much the only thing I want to eat every Friday. Total Friday food! If you ate a Yogurt Breakfast Bowl this morning, you can most definitely have alllll of THIS!

Okay, maybe not ALL of it, but most of it. With a side of Chardonnay. mmmmmmm!

If this pasta can’t be a part of your today, you should really consider it to be a part of your weekend. It’s just so goooood.

Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta - The easiest and creamiest pasta without the cream! It all happens in the same pot and it'll be on your dinner table in just 20 minutes! Get the recipe on

Let’s get all up in this! We’re throwing almost everything into the pot and stirring in your favorite pasta/tomato sauce. If you prefer less cream cheese and more tomato sauce, go ahead and add as much or as little as you want. I’d start with 3 ounces of cream cheese and 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce, then adjust as needed.


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Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta - The easiest and creamiest pasta without the cream! It all happens in the same pot and it'll be on your dinner table in just 20 minutes! Get the recipe on

Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta

Katerina | Diethood
This Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta is a perfect dinner idea for busy weeknights! Throw all of your ingredients into one pot and dinner will be ready in just 20 minutes!
4.50 from 6 votes
Servings : 6 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 12 ounces whole grain fettuccine or linguine
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion , sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 3 ounces Low-Fat Cream Cheese (or Neufschatel Cheese)
  • 1-1/2 cups pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese , or to taste


  • In a stockpot, combine pasta, water, vegetable broth, onions, basil leaves, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Cover, cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Remove cover and continue to cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until pasta is cooked and almost all liquid is absorbed; stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cream cheese and tomato sauce; mix until combined.
  • Stir in grated parmesan cheese; taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • Serve immediately.



Calories: 283 kcal | Carbohydrates: 46 g | Protein: 11 g | Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 58 mg | Sodium: 567 mg | Potassium: 279 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 510 IU | Vitamin C: 3.6 mg | Calcium: 103 mg | Iron: 1.4 mg | Net Carbs: 44 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy pasta dinner, one pot pasta recipe, quick dinner ideas, vegetarian pasta dinner idea
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33 comments on “Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta”

  1. I’m not a big fan of tomatoes sauces but I love pasta!
    Would you recommend a substitute? Or Should I cut the pasta sauce in half so it not too creamy?

  2. I just made this dish and it’s super delicious! I had to substitute dried basil instead of fresh and I added sliced black olives. My family will be requesting this again in the near future I’m sure off it. Thank you for sharing!

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    Anna Marie Woolridge

    I plan to make this tomorrow. Can I substitute chicken broth for the veggie broth? I think I’m also going to add some chicken sausage!

  4. JUST finally tried this recipe. Why did I wait?!?! I didn’t have basil so I threw in a few heaping tablespoons of pesto. I also added in some broccoli that was sitting in my fridge. Absolutely delicious.

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes

    Omg this was so good! I just added some oregano and extra garlic (cuz I’m Italian and add extra garlic to everything haha).

  6. Made this dish tonight, but I ended up with 2 pots as I browned Italian sausage and added it at the end of the cooking process. It was amazing!
    Everyone loved it and it’s now a must have with our kids!

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    Carolyn Norwood

    I just made the Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta, and it was a real winner! This is certainly a keeper. I made a mistake and put the tomato sauce in with the ingredients at the beginning. It still came out perfect. I only had macaroni on hand and used that instead of spaghetti, and it was a very nice result. Thank you Katarina.

  8. This was insanely delicious! Thank you so much for a quick, easy, and full of flavor recipe. I normally don’t have cream cheese but had some left over as my husband likes it with banana bread and I recently made some. This was just perfect! I’ll definitely be adding it to my regular rotation. Thank you.

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      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Amy!! I know that can be a bit confusing, but some people call it spaghetti sauce, others call it tomato sauce and then there’s also others that call it just pasta sauce. 😀 For that reason I put “tomato/pasta sauce”.
      But, yes, you can use spaghetti sauce, and please don’t forget the basil – it’s what makes the dish pop. 😀 I hope you’ll get a chance to try it!

  9. I am a newlywed, and not a very good cook! So I’m always on the lookout for a recipe I hope my husband will love…and honestly, this was a knockout!! I will definitely be adding it into my meal plan rotation! I was skeptical about the onions (shouldn’t I sauteé them first???) Lol but I just followed the recipe. I bought the basil “paste” in a tube, and oh yes it adds tons of flavor! We love this, thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  10. I thought this looked really tasty and easy, so I gave it a try. I didn’t have any basil to use, which probably would have helped it, but it just wasn’t a good dish in my opinion. There’s something odd about it that I can’t quite describe. It tastes a bit like Campbell’s tomato soup on top of pasta, with sort of a weird aftertaste. In the words of my sister, the dish is “almost delicious” in that it had potential, but it just didn’t turn out the way I expected it to. I will say that is is very simple – but perhaps it was a bit TOO simple to be good. (I should probably give this one star except for the weird fact that it’s ALMOST good… so I’m giving it two).

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Leanna! I wouldn’t like anything that tasted like Campbell’s soup on top of pasta, either. hahaha 🙂
      I’m sorry you didn’t like it – I guess I can’t win ’em all. Damn! hehe 😀 The basil adds a lot to this, so by leaving it out, I can definitely agree that it probably didn’t taste as it should have. 1/2-cup of basil is a lot of missing flavor.

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche

    One pot pastas are definitely the best thing ever – and this creamy tomato one is clearly no exception. Looks very comforting & delicious!

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    This is what perfection looks like! I have been dying to try the one pot pasta phenomena and this looks like the perfect way to start!

  13. Your recipe sounds delish. I’m Greek Orthodox so can relate with Easter. Great dish for those who are fasting as well. Definitely on the list for this week

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    I have yet to try a one pot pasta but I am thinking I would not want to share it either! Looks great!

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    Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    I am so making this later next week! I am amazed at how creamy and delicious it looks, without any cream! Definitely a winner. 🙂

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    Tanya Schroeder

    OMG! I rarely meet anyone Macedonian!!! My parents lived in Skopje, and speak both Greek and Macedonian. I’ll have to wish you happy Easter next week! And this pasta? Who can resist this??

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      WOOT! We represent! haha That is so awesome! My husband is from Skopje, my sister lives in Skopje, and I came to the States from Macedonia over 20 years ago. 🙂

      *Hristos Voskrese!* *Christos Anesti!*


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    Joanie @ Zagleft

    This looks and sounds totally fantastic! I love one pot meals and when it includes pasta, it’s even better.

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    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    wow! this seriously looks like the perfect comfort meal for tonight, just need a big glass of red wine and I’m set!

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    Courtney @ NeighborFood

    I LOVE one pot pastas and the combination of tomato sauce and cream cheese in this one sounds divine.

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    heather @french press

    Kate I am totally adding this to my weekend plans – SO much goodness in the one pot!!

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

    This looks fabulous!! My husband is going to be out of town next week, so simple meals like this are going to be key!

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