We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, this family LOVES pasta. And today’s recipe is one of the GREATS! The Cheesecake Factory is one of our favorite places to eat. So when we saw this lightened recipe, we knew we had to try it. Of course, we “un-lightened” it up a bit because that’s just how we roll (I know, we’re a bad influence). 😉
I’ve got to say that this is my very favorite, simple, pasta recipe to make. Its so creamy and doesn’t even need a side! The ingredients are simple to always have on hand, so this is the perfect go-to recipe when you’re out of ideas. It took my 3 year old 10 minutes to take her first bite, but that’s all she needed to quickly realize that she loved it. I couldn’t get her to slow down. All of my kids can be picky eaters, but they love this pasta, making it ANOTHER keeper recipe. 😉
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 lb dried fettuccine
- 2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (optional)
- 1 cup reserved pasta water
- 4 TB olive oil
- 5 tsp minced garlic
- ½ cup sundried tomato halves, sliced
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
- 3 TB tomato paste
- ½ TB granulated sugar
- 1 cup plain whipping cream
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1½ cups baby spinach
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1 TB of olive oil then add your fettuccine. Cook according to package direction, drain (reserving 1 cup of the pasta water) and set aside.
- Combine cream and sour cream in a small bowl, mix and set aside.
- As your pasta is cooking, add the remaining 3 TB of olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Sauté garlic in hot oil until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Turn heat to medium low and gently add your diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and sugar. Stir until combined.
- Slowly add in the cream and sour cream mixture, while whisking quickly, to get it all incorporated. After combined, bring heat up to medium high and let it simmer and thicken for about 5-7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add in the baby spinach. Once spinach has wilted, add in the cooked pasta and turn off the heat.
- Toss with cooked chicken. Slowly add a little of the reserved water if mixture seems too thick.
- Top with crushed red pepper flakes. Serve hot.
I admit I love EVERYTHING from Cheesecake Factory. It’s probably my favorite restaurant ever, and if you’ve been too you know why. Can’t wait to try this delicious recipe!
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