Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Chicken

Whenever I’m tempted to take an ego trip, I need only remind myself that one of the all-time most popular recipes on my blog was written by… my husband. Despite his lack of kitchen prowess (or perhaps because of it), the man has a way of making simple recipes taste stunning, like today’s Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. Ultra creamy with layers of bewitching flavor, this chicken pasta is special enough for a romantic dinner, but is so easy, a man who rarely cooks can make it with absolute success.

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta. Easy and SO GOOD. Ready to go in 20 minutes!

The alternative title of this post was “Idiot Proof Date Night Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta,” a name Ben embraced with surprising gusto. While he has many wonderful qualities, basic culinary skills don’t happen to be any of them. Fortunately for the two of us, today’s Sun Dried Tomato Pasta requires little beyond an ability to stir.

Although Ben rarely cooks, Valentine’s Day is an exception. Every year, he makes the two of us a memorable meal. Last Valentine’s, he shared his go-to romantic dinner recipe, Balsamic Glazed Salmon, in a special guest post. It was such a hit, I thought it would be a fun tradition to repeat. Today he’s back with another foolproof dish that’s sure to woo your sweetie: Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. I asked him to keep the sports analogies to a tolerable level this year—let’s see if he obliged.

How to Woo with a Box of Pasta: Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta, A Guest Post by Ben Clarke Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta. Creamy, easy, and so delicious!

Gentlemen, before we begin your quest for Mr. Right immortality, I have a confession that, while humbling, is critical to your grasp of this Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. The first meal I ever made for Erin was a frozen Stouffer’s lasagna (that may or may have still been cold in the middle). She was surprisingly gracious and later married me, so I trust the damage wasn’t permanent. But I’ve since learned a few tricks to up my dinner game to be smoother than “The Q-Tip.” This does not, however, mean that I’ve learned to cook.

Fortunately for myself and hapless cooks the world over, treating your special someone to a romantic dinner doesn’t require actual culinary skill. This Sun Dried Tomato Pasta recipe—along with a few of my secret tips—will be your guide.

First, ingredients. We’re going to buy a few things. Then heat them together in a pan.  Then it will turn into Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. I know this. Now you know this. Your date does not need to know this. Put on your white apron and, as my hockey coach always instructed after scoring a goal: “Act like you’ve done it before.”

An easy recipe for Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. Perfect for a romantic dinner or busy weeknight!

Here’s what’s happening.

  • Pasta: Go for bowties. They’re a gentleman’s pasta. (I’m told they’re also called “farfalle.” I’m skeptical.)
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes: Do you see that little red jar? It’s your new best friend. Open the jar, add it to the pan, and your chicken pasta will taste like you were just chillin’ with Giada. Don’t let your date think that.
  • Wine: A few splashes for the pasta. Some for you and your date. More for you and your date. Still more.
  • Spinach: Women like this.

The final ingredient: heavy cream. Keep this ingredient to yourself. It will make the pasta taste like Tuscany, but your date will prefer not to know how. Accept her praises. Maintain your air of culinary mystery. Women like mysterious.

The best creamy sun dried tomato pasta. So easy and so much flavor!

While this Sun Dried Tomato Pasta will bring you the ultimate date-night dinner win, with a few extras, you can take your date to a level of romance she has yet only envied.

  • While the pasta cooks, throw around a few well-timed culinary terms. When the pasta is done, say “al dente.” When you add the wine, “deglaze.” When she kisses you in gratitude, “Boo-yah!” Though personal research has proven that may not be warmly received. Come back for next year’s guest post, and maybe I’ll have learned a few more.
  • Grate fresh Parmesan cheese tableside. This date is all about service.
  • Background music. “The Way You Look Tonight” = yes. “Get Low” = prepare to dine alone.
  • Wear an apron. Women appreciate gender-role reversal, and don’t appreciate a giant heavy cream splash on your shirt.

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. The easy recipe is ready in 20 minutes but tastes OUTSTANDING. Even beginner cooks can make this!

You’ve got this! With Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta as your new signature move, the V in “Valentine’s” is for victory.

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Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Chicken

An easy recipe for creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Chicken. Made with simple ingredients, filled with flavor, and ready to go in only 20 minutes!

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta, any shape you like (recommended: bowtie or linguini)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1, 7-ounce jar julien-cut sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for cooking the pasta
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (such as Pinot Grigio) or low sodium chicken stock
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for serving
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Sprinkle in a few teaspoons of salt, then add the pasta and cook according to package directions, just until al dente (lightly firm and chewy, but not hard). Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Once skillet is hot, add the chicken and cook until light golden brown on all sides, about 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low, then add the drained sun dried tomatoes, garlic, oregano, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the wine and for cook 2 minutes, until the liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. To the skillet, add the whipping cream, then the pasta, spinach, and 1/2 cup Parmesan. Stir for 30 seconds to allow the spinach to cook down. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese and serve.

Leftover Sun Dried Tomato Pasta will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days. Reheat gently in the microwave, topped with a little drizzle of chicken stock or heavy cream to keep it from drying out.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (of 4)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 675
  • Total Fat: 31g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 162mg
  • Sodium: 913mg
  • Carbohydrates: 47g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 45g

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About Erin Clarke

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44 comments

  1. Haha! I LOVE this. Great job Ben! Also, I would happily chow this down any day. 

  2. I was laughing out loud through this entire post- especially at the spinach part! What a lovely recipe, pinning :)

  3. I laughed at the spinach line so hard.  Partly because it’s absolutely ridiculous…and mostly because it’s true.  Great job Ben, the pasta looks delicious.  Happy valentines day, you two!

  4. Your writing always makes me laugh, Ben! Recipe looks good too :) 

  5. This recipe, the writing, the photos = love them all! Glad Ben was asked back as guest writer for a second year. Hoping for a hat trick (see what I did there with the sport reference – ARE YOU PROUD OF ME?!?!). 

  6. Oh yummy!! This looks amazing! Great job Ben! Love you both!

  7. Not gonna lie…pretty obsessed with Ben right now. Boo-ya! 

  8. Ha! Well done! My hubby is a big fan of using bullet points too! Must be a guy thing… 

  9. Haha, I love this post!  Kudos to both of you, Ben did a great job (and I had no idea that bowtie pasta was a “gentleman’s pasta”… love it!!).  This pasta dish looks absolutely perfect! :)

  10. Any suggestions for what heavy cream can but substituted? Coconut milk?

    • Hi Michelle! Although you can certainly experiment with full fat coconut milk, I do think it would substantially alter the flavor of the dish. Half and half is an option BUT you have to let the pasta cool for a few minutes before you add it or it will curdle (the higher fat content of the cream keeps it from curdling) and the dish won’t be quite as rich.

    • I should have said a dairy free substitution… Will try it with coconut milk. 

  11. I feel like our husbands would get along really well! Alex is exactly the same when it comes to cooking — and his go-to is pasta! He would love this. :)

  12. I feel like our husbands would get along really well! Alex is exactly the same when it comes to cooking — and his go-to is pasta! He would love this. :)

  13. Oh my gawd, I love that Ben wrote a guest post! I just watched that entire video clip! oh my gawd, “The Q-Tip.” !!! so fun. .  I love that movie! LOVE this pasta and yes, we do like spinach. :) and Ben needs to come back way before next year! He needs to be a regular here! loved this, Erin! 

  14. What a lovely pasta!!  Love this dish!

  15. I enjoyed reading this as much as I anticipate making this recipe! You both make a cute, perfect couple!!

  16. I just made this for dinner….loved it and soooo easy! I cut the recipe in half and have plenty for tomorrow’s dinner.  Thanks, Tom!

  17. Oh my gosh, you and Ben seem like the perfect couple with equally fun writing styles! I love this so much! Plus the recipe looks and sounds fool-proof and utterly delicious. I hope to make it for Matt and I sometime soon!

  18. What a fun Valentine’s Day tradition! Looks yummy!

  19. Hahahaaaaaaa!!!!! cracks me up!!!! this might be one of your funniest posts yet. Can’t wait to try the recipe, I think we’ll try it on Valentine’s Day. :)

  20. I made this for dinner tonight, and my family really enjoyed it.  I love how easy it is.  I cut back on the sun dried tomatoes for the sake of my kids and only used one pound of chicken, but for us the ratio of pasta to other ingredients was perfect.  Thanks to your special guest for this terrific recipe!

  21. Absolutely amazing!  Great flavor and perfect level of heat from the cayenne pepper.  It felt so gourmet, cooking with cream, wine, sundried tomatoes, and freshly grated cheese.  After his dinner tonight, my boyfriend remarked, “You did well.”  Indeed, I agree.  You did well with this recipe, Erin!

  22. I made this last night and really enjoyed it, but I did have one problem with the parmesan cheese. I couldn’t get it to fully melt into the sauce and ended up with clumps of parmesan cheese all throughout the dish (and I think the sauce was missing a bit of creaminess from the melted cheese). I used a fresh block of parm that I grated right before adding it to the sauce. Any idea what the issue might have been? I have had the same problem before with other recipes that involve melting parmesan cheese into a sauce but I thought grating it myself might solve the issue.

    Love your recipes and Ben’s guest posts! I’m going to try the coconut flour cookie dough bites next :)

    • Hi Molly! You definitely did the right thing by grating your own Parm—it makes a WORLD of difference in the final texture and flavor of the dish (pre-shredded cheese is usually caked with starch to keep it from sticking together and often doesn’t melt (or taste) like it should). The issue is that Parmesan is a dryer, sharper cheese that is meant to add flavor to dishes, not a melty cheese that will make them super creamy. The sauce should be pretty creamy on its own, so I’d suggest that if you want it creamier, you could try adding a little more cream or incorporate a more “melty” cheese like mozzarella or provolone. I hope that helps, and I’m glad you at least enjoyed the dish!

  23. Unfortunately i dint get the cayenne pepper and instead i use the black pepper. Anyways your recipe are really scrumptious. I use to make your chocolate chips cookies often as my kids are great fond of. Loved your presentation . My next trial will be your crispy tofu.

    I saw one site with lots of pasta recipes..Have’nt tried yet …I will share you with the link here in case you wish to try any of them http://www.nestle-family.com/recipes/english/pastas-recipes.aspx

  24. Great tasting, simple recipe for Katie and I. I was looking through some cookbooks for a new recipe for Katie and I and thought of your site. Once I was Ben’s name, I figured it can’t be all that hard. Jk Katie and I both enjoyed the recipe on a cold weekend night to ourselves back home in KS. I added mushrooms because she loves them and had some in the fridge already. Made extra to have leftovers this week and it reheats nicely. Much love from Katie and I and look forward to trying more recipes in the future. 

    Rating: 5
    • Alex!!!! I am so happy that you guys loved the pasta. And if Ben can do it, anyone can do it (don’t tell him I said that). Seriously, it totally makes my day that you tried this recipe. Much love to you both too!

  25. Love loved this recipe! So simple….
    It is definitely a keeper in my recipe box!

    Rating: 5
  26. This is a wonderful recipe.    I made it exactly like it is written except for the spinach…..not of fan of wilted spinach, but steamed some broccoli and put on top.   My husband told me about 10 times during the meal how much he liked it.   

    Rating: 5
    • Broccoli sounds like a delicious swap, Marilyn! I’m excited to hear the recipe was a hit—thank you so much for reporting back!

  27. Made this last night and it is going to be a regular. My hubby (who doesn’t like pasta) devoured it!

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