Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta

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With this simple Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta Sauce, you can have a delicious meal on the table in just a matter of minutes. It involves adding a few ingredients to your favorite spaghetti sauce to turn it into creamy, spicy heaven. Toss it in with some angel hair pasta which I love because it cooks up so fast.

Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta


There’s something about pasta sauces with cream that I can’t resist. I’m sure I’m not the only one. Penne alla Vodka? Yes please!

Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta


Tonight we are going to Mama Ricotta’s in Charlotte as an early birthday celebration for me. I always get the Penne alla Vodka with Sausage. Every time. It’s so comforting, with plenty of spice. If I’m being a good girl, I bring half of it home for lunch the next day.

Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta

When I want a creamy pasta at home, this Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta can’t be beat. It couldn’t be easier. Cook some diced onion and garlic in a little oil until sauce, add some cream, basil, and a jar of your favorite pasta sauce. Since I like some spice I add some red pepper flakes but you could leave them out. Add 1/4 teaspoon for a little spice and 1/2 teaspoon for a lot of heat. Let simmer until all the flavors come together. Toss it with some cooked pasta and you’re ready to eat.

Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta

Serve Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta with a green salad and some crusty bread for a quick weeknight meal on a super busy day.

Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta

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Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta

Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 655kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
A fast and flavorful Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta that's perfect for a weeknight meal. Red pepper flakes really give this sauce some heat.
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta


  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic, basil, and red pepper flakes and cook 1 minute.
  • Add spaghetti sauce, heavy cream, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until thickened to your liking.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and mix together with sauce.


Calories: 655kcal

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79 thoughts on “Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta

  1. Kinda close to your recipe, but didn’t have heavy cream, so used couple tablespoons of cream cheese and milk. Added some diced tomatoes, and extra garlic. All in all, it was very good, and bf said it’s a winner after having 2 helpings!!

  2. Such a wonderful recipe! Especially nice during these times when it is harder to find meat! Love your site! Thanks for all you do!

  3. I made this tonight as a side dish with baked chicken. Everyone loved it! It is a keeper!
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  4. This was super delicious not heavy like normal
    Pastas although I love any type of pasta. Definitely making this again and again.

  5. This was amazing. Doubled the amount of chilli flakes, but other than that perfect. made it with a jar of costco garlic, olive oil, and basil tomato sauce.

  6. This is delicious and a saver on busy weeknights. I use peeled plum tomatoes instead of jar sauce, a lot more salt, basil, oregano, a little cube of rock sugar (to counterbalance the acidity from the tomatoes), and a lot more red chili flakes! My hubby loves it too. Thanks!

  7. My husband loves this recipe! I add a can of diced tomatoes to make it a little more chunky and crab meat. So good and so quick and easy.

  8. I made this for dinner tonight and added ground beef and i didn’t have cream on hand but i did have sour cream. So i used that.
    It came out so delicious everyone noticed a difference in the sauce i was super excitedπŸ˜ƒ

  9. Like the previous poster, my husband isn’t a big fan of spaghetti but he loved this. I had to use the minimum amount of pepper flakes because I’m the spicy lover between the both of us but I did add garlic smoked sausage and sautΓ©ed them with the onion and oil first. And used Prego’s roasted garlic and herb sauce which was already in my cabinet. Horrible for my calorie counting diet but an amazing comfort food. With it, I made a basic garlic bread where I spooned melted butter, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning on bread and broiled it on high by eye. It was perfect together! Thank you for this spiced up recipe!

  10. Hi.
    My husband is not a fan of pasta. Yet I am willing I try this recepie. I have ragu tomato and garlic pasta sauce in the house would that work ? And elbow pasta instead of spaghetti ? Please let me know

  11. Made this yesterday for hubby and I and he loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe no faffing about, quick and easy.

  12. Hello.. I saw this recipe on Pinterest yesterday, made it today, for having all of the ingredients on hand, and I had to come back here to tell you how much we all loved it! This is a very delicious, easy and inexpensive pasta meal that I am going to enjoy for the rest of my life.. in my rotation thing, not every day, lol..

    I want to thank you for sharing this, and may God bless you for sharing your talents with the world. Peace!

  13. Hi! This looks like a great quick easy and delicious meal! Was wondering if it would work with milk instead of cream? Thanks!

  14. This is so so good! I make it all the time now and serve it with chicken sausage. One of my go to recipes for an easy dinner. Thanks!

  15. I love pasta and have always leaned towards tomato basted sauces rather than a creamy sauce. This sounds and looks so yummy!!! Thanks so much for sharing!! I love all your pins!

  16. Any suggestions for a really great jar of pasta sauce? I’m always trying new ones looking for a keeper, thanks!

  17. made this for dinner,was so good that i made my 10 year old boy who hates spaghetti and a very picky eater ate a whole plate of this,and he’s been requesting it eversince!definitely a keeper!thanks for d recipe!

  18. Delish! I highly recommend. Simple and wonderful. I didn’t have heavy cream though so I simply used 2 tsp of butter and 1/2 cup of 1% milk. Still worked just fine.

  19. My mother and I made this yesterday and it was the best sauce ever. Not to mention it was so easy to make! Thank you so much for this recipe (:

  20. This was an easy to make and delicious sauce! My brother and boyfriend absolutely loved it! I will definitely keep this one in my arsenal, thank you for sharing!

  21. Christin this looks insane! It’s a plate/bowl full of comfort. I love that picture of the pasta swirled around the fork…it is utterly drool worthy! It reminds me of a tomato + mascarpone sauce that my best friends mum used to buy at the supermarkets, takes me back to those cosy, breezy days of late lunches with lots of tea indoors! Pinning!

  22. I love the sound of your favorite pasta, Christin, and what a great way to celebrate your birthday early. Hope it was wonderful! Your version of that pasta looks amazing with all of that creamy, spicy sauce. Delicious!

  23. I’m with you – creamy pasta dishes with a little kick are amazing! And I love angel hair – it cooks so fast and it reminds me of growing up (my mom made it allll the time). This looks wonderful!

  24. This looks amazing Christin! I LOVE pasta sauce with some heat. It’s the perfect comfort meal and I love how easy it is too. The photos are stunning and I would definitely not be able to resist licking my plate clean – pinning:)

  25. Loving this quick and easy recipe. There are so many days of the week that life is crazy and it is good to have a delicious recipe that my teenage boys would love and you can whip up from the pantry. Have a super week.

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