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 Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta. Ultra creamy with layers of bewitching flavor, this chicken pasta recipe is special enough for a romantic dinner, but is so easy, a man who rarely cooks can make it with absolute success.

dinner plate of Creamy Tomato Chicken Bowtie Pasta

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 (I’ll be requesting this Salmon Pasta next year).

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: sun dried tomato pasta. I asked him to keep the sports analogies to a tolerable level this year—let’s see if he obliged.

2 white dinner plates of Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta. A fork sits on the side of one of the plates

How to Woo with Pasta: Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta

 A Guest Post by Ben Clarke

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.”

some of the ingredients needed to make a sundried tomato chicken pasta recipe - cream, white wine, sun dried tomatoes, bowtie pasta, and spinach

Key Ingredients in Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta

  • 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.

pouring cream into a skillet of sun dried tomatoes and chicken

Tips for the Ultimate Date Night Experience

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.

More Date Night Pasta Recipes

overhead image - 2 white dinner plates with Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with chicken and a glass of wine

Easy Chocolate Dessert Recipes to Serve After This Pasta

You’ve got this! With this creamy pasta recipe as your new signature move, the V in “Valentine’s” is for victory. If you’re adventurous, make an easy chocolate dessert.

plate of Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta with a fork on the side of the plate

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Chicken

5 from 10 votes
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!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces  whole wheat pasta any shape you like (recommended: bowtie or linguini)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 jar julien-cut sun dried tomatoes in olive oil (7 ounces) drained
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon  dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt plus additional for cooking the pasta
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup dry white wine such as Pinot Grigio or low sodium chicken stock
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To the skillet, add the whipping cream, then the pasta, spinach, and ½ cup Parmesan. Stir for 30 seconds to allow the spinach to cook down. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese and serve.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 675kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 45gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 913mgFiber: 5gSugar: 10g

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  1. 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!

  2. 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 :)

    1. 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!

  3. 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

    1. Maskin, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this pasta, and that you and your kids love the cookies too! Thanks so much for taking time to leave this lovely review.

  4. 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. 5 stars

    1. 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!

  5. 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.   5 stars

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

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

    1. That makes me so happy to hear Lucia! Thanks so much for trying the recipe and taking time to leave this lovely review!

  7. Just made this for dinner (minus the chicken because we’ll be having your tikka masala tomorrow night and I didn’t want a poultry overloaf) and OH MY GOODNESS this is a winner! I made it this time around but next time I’m handing the recipe to my boyfriend. If one man could create something this delectable, I’m sure another novice male can duplicate it.5 stars

    1. Angie, I am so so happy this was a hit (and I hope you love the tikka masala too!). Thanks for taking time to leave this fabulous review. It truly means SO MUCH to me!

  8. Loved this!  Made it tonight and it was a huge hit!  Made a few adjustments to cooking times and added a Little provolone.  Will definitely make again!5 stars

  9. This was absolutely delicious! Not sure how I got on this recipe from 2016 (it was a rabbit trail of reading recipes while attempting to meal plan…) but I’m so glad I did. Left out the chicken because I didn’t have any and it was still delightful. Added some pine nuts for crunch. My husband thought it tasted like really good pizza, but better :D5 stars

  10. I made sun-dried pesto the other day and used some in this recipe.  It was delicious.  I used spinach and cheese ravioli.  Thank you.5 stars

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