Penne with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce #WeekdaySupper #SautéExpress

My daughter is very picky. VERY picky. She’s still happy ordering of the children’s menu and she’s graduated from high school. So I’m always delighted when I make an entree that she doesn’t snub. Pasta usually does the trick…especially one with a tomato sauce. This quick and easy Penne with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce is jam packed with flavor. I started with 2 Land O Lake  Sauté Express® Sauté Starters. This time I used their Italian Herb flavor…which is a butter and olive oil combo laced with garlic and onion powder, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano and basil. How’s that for a time saver?  I added some more garlic and minced shallots plus some red pepper flakes for heat. Tomatoes, cream, Parmesan and fresh basil finished the sauce and dinner was ready in less than 30 minutes. And Katie was satisfied with this grown up mac and cheese…though the blue box is still a favorite.

Part of getting dinner on the table quickly entails a little multi-tasking. Start heating the pasta water first…and put on the lid to speed up the process. As soon as the water boils, toss in the pasta and give it a swirl every few minutes. While your Sauté Express® Sauté Starter is melting, mince both your garlic and shallots along with the fresh basil. Cook your aromatics, then add the tomatoes and season. Pour in the cream and when the penne is cooked, drain and add it right to the sauce. Toss and cook a minute, then sprinkle with basil and cheese. Voila…quick and delish! Plus with Lent starting today, I needed more meatless meals in my repertoire…and this is a flavor packed option. And Katie approved.

Penne with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

  • One 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes whole or diced (if whole cut into small pieces)
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 cubes Italian Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • I shallot (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Start water boiling, add enough salt to make water taste briny and cook penne according to package instructions
  2. While pasta water is heating up, melt the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter in a large saucepan. Add garlic and shallots and cook till soft. Add tomatoes and juice plus crushed red pepper flakes, sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a few minutes. Stir in cream and basil, then add drained pasta. Mix in Parmesan.
  3. Serve immediately. Pass extra Parmesan to top pasta if desired.
  4. Serves 6.


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Disclosure: The author received a full-value coupon redeemable for Sauté Express® Sauté Starter for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.


  1. Mille grazie, Liz. So glad to have this recipe in my need to get dinner on the table fast file.

    P.s. I admire how you consistently elevate dishes and desserts one notch higher to make it gourmet.

  2. What a wonderful dish to through together after a busy day! Liz, your photography is out of this world! Just beautiful!

  3. I love quick tomato sauces for weeknights. This with the red pepper flakes is right up my alley. I do need to get the Italian Herb flavor and give this a try soon.

  4. That pasta looks heavenly!

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can see it here:

  5. This would be my husband’s ultimate V-Day dinner! 🙂 Looks SO good! Now I’m hungry. :))

  6. I relate to Katie. I also relate to the desire for you to come over here and pretend to be my mom so you can feed me this awesome pasta, mk? 😛

  7. There is something so comforting about a quick pasta sauce and it must be a little spicy!

  8. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says:

    This pasta looks great!

  9. I love spicy tomato sauce, this pasta looks so great!

  10. Lizzy,
    I have a similar recipe but without pepper. This sauce is always a hit. Love it.

  11. That looks delicious and I checked out the dessert too – yum! I wonder if Land O Lake brand is available over here? Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your sweethearts Lizzy!!!

  12. Lizzy, I got such a good giggle out of this post. Your daughter sounds exactly like my new daughter-in-law, Yara. LOL I mean…exactly! She will also love this! Haha, too funny! I can sympathize.

  13. A quick and basic pasts dish like this is just the best sometimes. It really looks good….and t’s supper time now, not helping in making me famished.

  14. I love pasta, and this sauce looks great. Anything spicy certainly appeals to me, and I love the addition of the cream. Good stuff – thanks.

  15. I love shortcuts when it comes to meal times especially when the end result is even more delicious!
    Looks so yummy and comforting 🙂

  16. Oh Liz, this pasta with creamy tomato sauce looks divine…and yes it is perfect for a weekday dinner.
    Beautiful pictures…
    Hope you are enjoying your week 🙂

  17. I love how it has a zest to it!

  18. I haven’t seen this product before but it sounds great! This looks delish!

  19. I’ve never tried this product before, but sounds like something we can use, especially when kids have activities after school. We need a quick and delicious meal for dinner on those nights. 🙂

  20. Pasta is my son’s favorite and i am sure he would love this one with the spicy sauce!

  21. I’ve never seen those Express Sautee Starters. I’ll have to check at my local market. This dish looks so yummy…I haven’t had a good bowl of pasta and tomato sauce in so long. Now I’m craving it!

  22. We eat pastas twice a week at least at my house. This looks fantastic. 🙂

  23. Yummy, give me a salad with everything in it but the kitchen sink, some crusty bread and I’m good to go!

  24. Pasta is one thing I don’t stick my nose up at haha, I love it. This looks great!


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