Pasta with Fresh Tomato Cream Sauce

This simple 15-minute pasta with fresh tomato cream sauce is full of traditional Italian flavors, in a light and fresh dish that is perfect for summertime. Fresh tomatoes are quickly sautéed and simmered with cream and Parmesan, then tossed with linguine and sprinkled with fresh basil. 

If you’re looking to expand your repertoire of easy weeknight meals that require no advance prep, consider adding “pasta night” to your weekly menu. Variations are endless, and you can have a restaurant-quality meal on the table in mere minutes. Like, FIFTEEN minutes! (This is kind of the reason I usually avoid ordering pasta in restaurants. I can’t justify ordering something I could whip up myself with minimal effort).

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Linguine with fresh tomato cream sauce in a saute pan

The inspiration for this recipe is a simple rosé sauce I sometimes make by mixing a bit of cream into regular tomato sauce. Tasty for sure, but a bit heavy, and definitely not something I feel like eating in the summertime, when I try to keep the menu light and fresh.

So I was looking for a way to take that heavenly combo of tomatoes and cream and lighten it up. It was a wonderful surprise how easy this fresh tomato cream sauce turned out to be!

Linguine with fresh tomato cream sauce in a bowl

This ridiculously simple pasta dish is just fresh tomatoes sautéed a bit and mixed with cream. Add basil and Parmesan and and it’s positively bursting with the Italian flavors we know and love. Note that this is not a thick, heavy alfredo-style sauce. The cream is just simmered long enough to thicken a bit and lightly coat the pasta. The fresh tomatoes add little bursts of juicy acidity.

Collage of process shots to make tomato cream sauce

I plan to make this often and can’t wait to try it with ripe and juicy summer tomatoes!

Closeup of forkful of linguine with tomato cream sauce

In the same vein of easy weeknight pasta recipes, here are a couple of other favorites:

Easy Pasta Carbonara

Easy Sausage and Vegetable Pasta Skillet

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Linguine with fresh tomato cream sauce in a bowl
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Pasta with Fresh Tomato Cream Sauce

This simple 15-minute pasta with fresh tomato cream sauce is full of traditional Italian flavors, in a light and fresh dish that is perfect for summertime.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword tomato cream sauce, tomatoes, weeknight pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 688 kcal
Author Ann


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 large plum tomatoes seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste
  • 1 pound dry linguine or other pasta shape
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions.

  2. In the meantime, melt the butter in a large saute pan or skillet over medium heat. 

  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and garlic to the pan and sauté for around 3 minutes, until they begin to soften. 

  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the cream. Simmer until it starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Stir in the shredded parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Drain the cooked pasta and toss it with the sauce until well coated. Sprinkle with chopped basil and additional parmesan if desired, and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Pasta with Fresh Tomato Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 688 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 202mg9%
Potassium 433mg12%
Carbohydrates 89g30%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1535IU31%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 138mg14%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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