Creamy Tomato Pasta

  • 15MINS
  • 15MINS
  • 468KCAL

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!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories468
  • Carbs72g
  • Protein23g
  • Fat5.8g
  • Saturates2.3g
  • Sugars25g

Creamy Tomato Pasta - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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 to know in the blurb!

This Creamy Tomato Pasta is tasty, adaptable, and takes less than 30 minutes to make. You get the pasta boiling and the sauce bubbling, ready to combine at the end for delicious tomatoey goodness in less than half an hour: ideal after a long day!

It’s also ridiculously creamy, and just our kind of pasta dish. When we had our restaurant, we’d make this often for our staff dinner as it’s indulgent without needing lashings of cream.

We love to add some smoked salmon to our Creamy Tomato Pasta, or you could even add chicken, fresh salmon or tuna if you fancy a change!

Like your Creamy Tomato Pasta with a bit of spice? Just add some chilli!

What diets is this Creamy Tomato Pasta suitable for?

This Creamy Tomato Pasta 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
  • Pasta

You can make this dish vegetarian by using veggie equivalents for Worcestershire sauce such as Henderson’s Relish.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Creamy Tomato Pasta recipe?

  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Creamy Tomato Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Creamy Tomato Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Creamy Tomato Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

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.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Creamy Tomato Pasta?

You don’t need much to make this Creamy Tomato Pasta, just simple and wholesome ingredients that you can pick up at your local supermarket.

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 might split.

You can also use which ever dried pasta you like! We used the classic penne shape for this Creamy Tomato Pasta, but try it with fusilli, twists, or even spaghetti!

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A large saucepan is really useful for any pasta recipe – and you can pick one up from most large supermarkets or over on Amazon!

A sharp knife is essential when chopping tough veggies like carrots. Keep it sharp, and it will last you for years!

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.

It has 468 calories per portion which means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence recipe category. You could always save on calories by cutting the portion size in half and serving with a crisp, fresh salad.

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.

Step 1

Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Whilst that cooks – continue with the steps!

Step 2

Place the stock pot and stock cube in a cup, and cover with the 150ml of boiling water. Stir and set aside.

Step 3

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.

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Step 4

Add the chopped broccoli stems and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.

Step 5

Add whatever meat or fish that you’re using, and fry for 5 minutes. You can add some extra vegetables for a vegetarian version.

Step 6

Make a well in the center of the pan, and place the Philadelphia Lightest in there. Stir well until the Philly melts.

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Step 7

Add the tinned tomatoes, passata and the dissolved stock that you prepared earlier. Stir well.

Step 8

Add the peppers, broccoli and let simmer for 5-10 minutes until the broccoli softens. Check the meat or fish is cooked.

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Step 9

Add the pasta to the pan (or bowl if your pan isn’t big enough). Stir well and serve!

Creamy Tomato Pasta - Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesHow 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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Creamy Tomato Pasta

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!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 468
  • Carbs 72G
WW Points
  • 8 Green
  • 8 Blue
  • 8 Purple

Ingredients

  • 250 g dried pasta
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 stick celery finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped or minced
  • 150 g mushrooms sliced
  • 200 g broccoli finely chop the stalks, and keep the heads separate
  • dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 carton passata
  • 200 g Philadelphia Lightest
  • 2 bell peppers sliced
  • 1 vegetable stock pot
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 150 ml water
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Whilst that cooks - continue with the steps!
  2. Place the stock pot & stock cube in a cup, and cover with the 150ml of boiling water. Stir and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the chopped broccoli stems and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.
  5. 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.
  6. Make a well in the center of the pan, and place the Philadelphia Lightest in there. Stir well until the Philly melts.
  7. Add the tinned tomatoes, passata and the dissolved stock that you prepared earlier. Stir well.
  8. Add the peppers, broccoli and let simmer for 5-10 minutes until the broccoli softens. Check the meat or fish is cooked.
  9. Add the pasta to the pan (or bowl if your pan isn't big enough). Stir well & serve!

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