Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce

Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce
Our house is turning into Olive Garden, or at least what I think Olive Garden would be like!

I’ve never eaten at Olive Garden, for those of us with gluten sensitivities just thinking about dining there gives us the willies.

But I’ve been cooking up some (gluten free!) pasta dishes that could out do Olive Garden. Today we have fettuccine with tomato cream sauce.

Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce
Even my husband Ryan who has an aversion to tomatoes liked this pasta dish.

This recipe for fettuccine with tomato cream sauce can be made in 25 minutes. I adapted it from Taste of Home – I love checking out their cookbooks from the library and finding great, easy recipes.

Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce
The sauce could be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge until you’re ready to add it to cooked pasta. If you’re making this dish for two, I would suggest halving it, and you’ll still have enough for leftovers. We love (yummy) leftovers at our house!

Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce
The original recipe called for frozen tortellini, which I am sure would be great with this sauce, but not so gluten free friendly. I haven’t been able to find gluten free tortellini at a reasonable price, so I substituted gluten free fettuccine.

If you’re interested in trying it with frozen tortellini, I’ll link back to the original recipe in the recipe section below.

This pasta dish isn’t complete without parmesan cheese! It also has fresh spinach and diced tomatoes in it, and a little magic ingredient – heavy cream :-)

Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce

Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 16 oz fettuccine
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • fresh spinach, 2-3 handfuls, chopped
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 & 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving if you desire


  1. Cook the fettuccine according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onion in oil until tender.
  3. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  4. Add the tomatoes, spinach, basil, salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cream and cheese.
  6. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until thickened.
  7. Drain fettuccine and toss with the sauce. Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.


Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce
And the best part about this dish – no tip required!

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35 Responses to “Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce”

  1. Carrie From Carrie This Home — October 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Beth–this looks amazing! I used to work at an Olive Garden and this looks like the real thing! I’m hopping over from Craft-O-Maniac and I’m glad to see you’ve already linked this up to Frugal Crafty Home! Have a wonderful week!

    • The First Year Blog — October 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Oh my gosh, how funny Carrie! I love partying with you!

  2. This looks great and so easy! My kids love any kind of pasta dish and I’m lucky that they will try a variety of sauces. So we usually have pasta one night a week – I’ll need to add this in to our menu!
    Stopping by from the In and Out of the Kitchen Party!
    Beth from Structure in an Unstructured Life

    • The First Year Blog — October 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      This one is so great – I hope everyone enjoys it!

  3. Oh wow I’d be sad if I couldn’t have Olive Garden but this dish looks like it should be at Olive Garden! It looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try it out! Thank you for sharing!

    • The First Year Blog — October 30, 2013 at 7:32 am

      I know, no Olive Garden for me :-( but this will make up for it!

  4. This looks so yummy! I have two girls who love Fettuccine with cream sauce…I’m sure they would love it if I made this for them. Thanks so much for linking up at #RealFamilyFun. I’m sharing this on my social media sites on Sunday.
    Have a great weekend.

    • The First Year Blog — October 31, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      I hope the whole family enjoys it! And thanks for sharing this recipe!

  5. Sarah — October 31, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I am a pasta lover, I’m not much into cream sauce but this seems to be a bit lighter I’ll have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    • The First Year Blog — October 31, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      I don’t think it’s that creamy – not like an Alfredo, but definitely worth trying!

  6. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — October 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Beth, this sounds awesome! For never going to Olive Garden, you make some great Olive Garden like food. :) Pinning this and can’t wait to try it! Love tomato cream sauces, yum!

    • The First Year Blog — November 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks for your sweet comment Krista!

  7. This looks delicious! Definitely something that my entire family would enjoy!

    • The First Year Blog — November 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      And that is always a fantastic feeling!

  8. Amy J — January 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

    This sounds delicious! My family will love it. Thanks for sharing!

    • The First Year Blog — January 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks for coming by today Amy!

  9. Bethany Wright Dearden — January 13, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Looks amazing, Beth! We love pasta, and this looks delicious!

    • The First Year Blog — January 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      And I love being able to make it myself too! Thanks for coming by Bethany!

  10. Meredith @ unOriginalMom — January 13, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Yummm! We love Olive Garden – I think this will be a big hit at our house! Pinning!

    • The First Year Blog — January 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks for coming by today Meredith!

  11. Allyson — January 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    yum yum yum! Pinning! I love pasta!

    • The First Year Blog — January 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Aww friend, you da best!

  12. Stacey — January 14, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Oh mercy, that looks so delicious! Without a doubt we would love it.

    • The First Year Blog — January 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Come on over for dinner Stacey :-)

  13. Nici ~ Posed Perfection — January 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    This looks so yummy, Beth! Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning to try later! Have a great weekend!

    • The First Year Blog — January 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you Nici!

  14. Mamamia — January 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Hi! I’m coming over from Foodie Friends Friday. This looks delicious! I’ve pinned it to try. Thanks for sharing :)

    Maria from My Biscuits are Burning

    • The First Year Blog — January 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Hi Maria! Oh gosh, I love your blog name, very clever! I appreciate you coming by today!

  15. Joanne T Ferguson — January 17, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    G’day! Love Fettuccini Beth!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Recipes that tell a Story

  16. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakesj — January 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    This sounds heavenly, Beth! Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays :) Pinned and shared on FB!

  17. Joanne T Ferguson — February 28, 2014 at 3:22 am

    G’day Looks delish Beth!
    Thanks for sharing! Viewed as part of Foodie Friends Friday Nothing But Noodles Pasta Party!
    Cheers! Joanne


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