This slimming friendly Creamy Tomato Pasta is one of THE easiest pasta dishes to make for dinner, great for calorie counting or plans like Weight Watchers!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
This Creamy Tomato Pasta is tasty, adaptable, and takes less than 30 minutes to make.
It’s once of those dishes where the sauce takes as long to make as the pasta takes to cook!
It’s also ridiculously creamy, and just our kinda pasta dish. When we had our restaurant, we’d make this often for our staff dinner.
It’s one of those dishes that you don’t mind cooking at the end of a long day, as it’s SO quick to make.
We’d usually make this Creamy Tomato Pasta with smoked salmon, but you can use chicken, fresh salmon, tuna, or just veggies if you like.
Like your Creamy Tomato Pasta spicy? Just add some chilli!
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How many Calories are in this Creamy Tomato Pasta?
This Creamy Tomato Pasta is a proper comforting and rich meal – it would be so good to serve when you’ve got friends or family over.
This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. You can find all of our other Everyday Light recipes here.
This Creamy Tomato Pasta is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Creamy Tomato Pasta suitable for?
This Campfire Stew recipe can be made suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Stock cubes
- Worcestershire Sauce
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
You can make this dish vegetarian by using veggie equivalents for Worcestershire Sauce and stock, and leaving out the meat.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Creamy Tomato Pasta recipe?
This dish is 8 Points for those following the WW plan.
As with a lot of pasta recipes, this Creamy Tomato Pasta has the potential to be high in Points when following Weight Watchers. However, this recipe has loads of zero Points foods which brings the value down.
You could even reduce the amount of pasta and increase the veg and fish to make it even lower in Points!
How to make Creamy Tomato Pasta
Making this dish is so so easy! Here’s a summary;
- Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Whilst that cooks – continue with the steps!
- Place the stock pot & stock cube in a cup, and cover with the 150ml of boiling water. Stir and set aside.
- Spray a large pan with Low Calorie Cooking Spray and gently heat. Fry off the onion, garlic, carrot, mushrooms and celery until the onion softens.
- Add the chopped Broccoli stems and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.
- Add what ever meat or fish that you’re using, and fry for 5 minutes. You can add some extra vegetables for a vegetarian version.
- Make a well in the centre of the pan, and place the Philadelphia Lightest in there. Stir well until the Philly melts.
- Add the tinned tomatoes, passata and the dissolved stock that you prepared earlier. Stir well.
- Add the peppers, broccoli and let simmer for 5-10 minutes until the broccoli softens. Check the meat or fish is cooked.
- Add the pasta to the pan (or bowl if your pan isn’t big enough). Stir well & serve!
Do you need any special ingredients to make Creamy Tomato Pasta?
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You don’t need much to make this Creamy Tomato Pasta!
Pretty much all you need is cream cheese, pasta, tomatoes and the meat of your choice!
We like to use Philadelphia Lightest, as it is super low in Points and Calories, but more importantly, it doesn’t split when heated.
You could use Quark in this Creamy Tomato Pasta if you like, but it will probably split.
Pasta wise – you can use which ever dried pasta you like! We used the Gigli shape for this Creamy Tomato Pasta, as sometimes I fancy a change from Fussili or Penne.
Like I said above, we used salmon to make this, but you can use chicken! Just use which ever stock pot & stock cube to match your meat or fish.
A large saucepan is a must if you’re cooking our Farfalloni Con Funghi recipe too!
How do you know when the Creamy Tomato Pasta is cooked?
Your meat will be browned, the vegetables and pasta will have softened, and the philly cheese will have melted into the creamy sauce.
It will take about 15 minutes over a medium heat on the hob.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Creamy Tomato Pasta in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Creamy Tomato Pasta in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze this Creamy Tomato Pasta?
Yes you can! We like to freeze the sauce and cook the pasta fresh, but you could freeze both if you want.
Please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Creamy Tomato Pasta?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
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