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Creamy Marinara and pasta

Creamy Marinara with pasta is a 20 minute goto meal that my family always loves!  Add a salad and garlic toast and you’ve got yourself the perfect meal. Creamy Marinara 20 minute Meal!

I love this meal because it’s quick, easy, and I almost always have all the ingredients on hand!

Creamy Marinara and PastaCreamy Marinara is a meatless sauce that comes together with a few pantry and fresh ingredients in a matter of minutes!  Don’t have fresh basil and garlic use dried.  Like I said this recipe is easy and forgiving.  The only thing that is unforgivable is if you don’t make this for your family!!

Creamy Marinara 20 minute Meal!Heat up olive oil in a large skillet, add some dried Italian seasoning, garlic, and saute to release the flavors, then add 2 cans of crushed tomatoes, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, a few more spices and Voila!

Creamy Marinara 20 minute Meal!Is that not a thing of beauty?  You can add any type of pasta you like to this sauce, I added spaghetti just because it’s what I had on hand, but honestly any pasta will do the job.

Creamy Marinara 20 minute Meal!

Believe it or not I actually love to spend hours in the kitchen cooking away to my heart’s content, but honestly ain’t nobody got time for that these days!  More and more I’m turning to quick and easy homemade meals to get my family around the table.  I hope Creamy Marinara sends your family running to the dinner table, and asking for seconds!

Creamy Marinara - 20 minute meal!

Comforting sauce made with tomatoes a few pantry ingredients and a touch of heavy cream for good measure!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course easy dinner, Main Course
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 pot for cooking pasta
  • 1 12" skillet


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 - 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 - 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes add more if you like more heat
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil rough chopped
  • salt and pepper to your taste
  • 1 pound pasta, any variety you like cooked according to package directions


  • Add olive oil to large skillet over medium high heat, after 30 seconds add garlic and Italian seasonings sauté for 1 minute. You do not want garlic to burn so basically just let it get warm.
  • Add both cans of tomatoes, sugar, and red pepper flakes if you like. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, allowing to come to a low bubble and begin to reduce. You might want to place a cover on your pan, tip to let out steam, so the sauce doesn’t splatter out all over.
  • Turn heat down to low add in cream and parmesan cheese stir until cheese has melted and incorporated into tomato sauce. Taste, add salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Add fresh basil, and cooked pasta stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes allowing sauce to thicken and adhere to pasta.
  • Serve with more parmesan cheese and fresh basil as garnish.


Note:  If you do not have fresh garlic or basil you can substitute 1 tablespoon dried basil = 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder = 2 garlic cloves minced.
Serve with garlic toast and a fresh salad as sides.
This pasta dish also goes well with grilled or baked chicken. 
Keyword creamy, easy meal, pasta, tomato sauce, vegetarian
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Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time with my one of my favorite sponsors the United Dairy Industry of Michigan:

Creamy Marinara & Milk Means More Farm Tour

Several other bloggers and I were lucky enough to go behind the scenes of the Prairie Farms processing plant; where we had the chance to learn about milk quality and safety and see how some of our favorite dairy foods are made!  I was flabbergasted at the care and precision that goes in to the safe processing of milk and other dairy products.  I will never again take for granted a jug of milk, or a carton of cream again!  So much care and hard work goes into safely processing the dairy products that we purchase everyday.

Creamy Marinara & Milk Means More Farm TourNext we toured the 5th generation Crandall Family Farm in Battle Creek, where we were shown the behind the scenes of their 365 day dairy operation and enjoyed dinner el fresco on the front lawn!  It was amazing!  Everytime I have the chance to visit a Michigan Dairy farm I leave with a sense of awe at the dedication and hard work that goes into producing safe quality milk for Michigan consumers.

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  1. You’re making me hungry!!! I’m putting this on the menu next week. Love how quickly it comes together, perfect for my busy family!!!

    Blessings to you!