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Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta

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

A fast and flavorful Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta that's perfect for a weeknight meal. Red pepper flakes really give this sauce some heat.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 15 minutes


  • 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
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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89 thoughts on “Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta”

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

  2. Is the heavy cream the one that says heavy whipping cream because that is all I see here in the store

  3. Caroline Sanders

    Hi! Did you use a vodka or a tomato sauce for this recipe? Can’t wait to try it! πŸ™‚


  4. Steve in Detroit

    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!

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

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Yes, you can use milk. It will just be lacking the richness and flavor you get from the cream.

  6. 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!

  7. Melinda Ruth

    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!

  8. Thinking about adding button mushrooms and zucchini to this. Would you recommend these additions??

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

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I usually just buy whichever brand in on sale. πŸ™‚
      Sometimes I splurge and buy Mario Batali’s sauce.

  10. 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!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      You can use whichever brand you like. I tend to buy what’s on sale so I don’t always use the same brand. πŸ™‚

  11. 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.

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