An easy, family-friendly recipe for elbow macaroni tossed in a lightened up garlic cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and basil. A delicious meatless meal ready in about 30 minutes!
This post is sponsored by Dreamfields
Pasta is one of my favorite dishes and my kiddos too. I usually have pasta night one or two nights a week. Spaghetti night is a family favorite and I usually like to include another pasta dish on the menu during the week. Sometimes an easy make ahead casserole or even a dish like this lightened up garlic cream sauce tossed with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil with macaroni. It’s a quick and easy meatless meal perfect for a busy weeknight.
Elbow macaroni is a noodle I use often in my pasta salads, soups and of course mac and cheese. The size is perfect for my kiddos so I always a staple in my pantry. Dreamfields pasta is a brand that I have used for years. It has the same delicious taste and texture as traditional pasta because it’s made with premium durum wheat semolina in North Dakota. I also love it because a one-cup cooked serving of Dreamfields which is about 2 ounces dry provides 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein!
This lighter garlic cream sauce is rich and creamy you can’t even tell lightened up! Typically a cream sauce is made with heavy whipping cream. A tiny pint of that cream can really pack on the calories quick. My garlic cream sauce uses 2% milk instead of cream which makes a huge difference in calories when you compare the two. I also like to use freshly grated Parmesan cheese as it provides an even creamier texture but the store bought grated Parmesan will work just fine too.
What I love about this sauce is you can toss it with whatever Dreamfields pasta and veggies you’d like. I personally like the combination of sun-dried tomatoes (I use vacuum-packed sun dried tomatoes) and fresh basil but you could swap that out for steamed broccoli, peas, spinach or kale; whatever you have on hand to make a tasty 30 minute meal any night of the week!
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Garlic Cream Elbows with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil
- 8 ounces about 2 cups Dreamfields Elbows
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- ¼ cup diced red onion
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup 2% milk
- ½ cup 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
- ⅓ cup julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes not packed in oil, divided
- ⅓ cup freshly chopped basil divided
- Salt and pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, heat butter in large deep skillet over medium heat until melted. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic to skillet; cook 1 minute or until fragrant, stirring frequently. Stir in flour; cook and stir 1 minute or until flour is dissolved and mixture is smooth and paste-like. Gradually whisk in milk, about 2 tablespoons at a time, until sauce thickens.
Stir in Parmesan cheese until well combined. Stir in chicken broth. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Remove from heat.
Add pasta to skillet; toss to combine. Stir in 1/4 cup of the tomatoes and 1/4 cup of the basil. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Top with remaining tomatoes and basil; serve immediately.
Disclosure: I received compensation from Dreamfields for recipe development and post. All opinions are my own.