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pink sauce pasta in a bowl

Pink Sauce Pasta

Marni Katz
pink sauce pasta is the perfect way to get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 358 kcal


  • 16 oz dried pasta I suggest penne
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic or one frozen garlic cube
  • 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream or alternative milk
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping if desired
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • bring a pot of water to boil and cook the pasta as the directions state on the package
  • to a large straight sided saute pan, add the tomato paste and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes over medium heat
  • add the tomato sauce and stir for another 2-3 minutes
  • add the sugar and mix in
  • add the heavy cream and stir together, let come just to a boil
  • add the salt, then take off the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese
  • return to the stove over low heat and add the butter, stirring until melted
  • once melted, turn off the heat and serve over the pasta!


I suggest using penne pasta, but you can also use any other tubular pasta.  I would stay away from flat pastas like farfalle or tiny pastas like elbows, because the sauce will just fall off.
If you want to make this sauce in advance, you can.  Store just the sauce in a glass jar, then warm through when ready to serve.  I don't suggest mixing the pasta and the sauce until you are ready to serve.


Calories: 358kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 10gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 568mgPotassium: 389mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 830IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 2mg
Keyword easy pasta recipe, easy weeknight dinner, homemade pasta sauce, pink sauce
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