Garlic Cream Elbows with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil (+ Giveaway)
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
An easy family-friendly recipes for elbows tossed in a lightened up garlic cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and basil. A delicious meatless meal ready in about 30 minutes!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 8 ounces about 2 cups Dreamfields Elbows
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1/2 cup 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/3 cup julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil, divided)
- 1/3 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.
- Calories: 340
- Sodium: 280
- Fat: 9
- Saturated Fat: 5
- Carbohydrates: 52
- Fiber: 6
- Protein: 16
- Cholesterol: 25
Disclosure: I received compensation from Dreamfields for recipe development and post. All opinions are my own.
My favorite is Angel Hair pasta
My favorite is the rotini pasta
I’ve used their elbow pasta for Mac and cheese. Its a great product.
I like the Angel Hair pasta
I like pasta shells because I use them to make my Chicken pasta salad!
i like Angel Hair pasta
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My favorite is Rotini.
I love Dreamfields Pasta Healthy Carb Living Penne Rigate.
I like spaghetti
I like the rotini best
They’re all really good, but, oh, the lasagna. I love lasagna!!
I like spaghetti.
I like the elbow macaroni.
I use elbow macaroni the most. It’s a family favorite.
My favorite is the angel hair
I love Penne Rigate
I like to use their elbow macaroni in soup.
I like the elbow macaroni as I can use it in casseroles, salads and soups.
I like using Dreamfields Lasagna noodles to make roll-ups.
I love all pasta.
The rotini is always fun.
I like the Rotini
I like the spaghetti.
My favorite is the rotini pasta.
I go for the Linguine love the flat long noodles for grabbing the sauce
I like the angel hair pasta.
My favorite pasta would be the angel hair pasta!
I like all of them, but I’ve been eating the spaghetti lately.
My favorite is rotini!
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I like the angel hair pasta
Angel Hair pasta is my favorite
We love the angel hair pasta too!!!
Depending upon my mood, my favorite Dreamfields pasta is rotini or angel hair
My favorite is their Angel Hair pasta.
Love pasta and one pot dishes like this one.
I use all shapes of pasta because depending on the dish I am creating..the sauce or not will depend on my pasta choice.
No fave..like equally but, I use elbows and linquini the most.
Thanks..great giveaway for the pasta!
I like the angel hair
My Favorite Dreamfields Pasta Is Rotini.
I love all kinds of pasta!
LOVE ELBOWS PASTA
The last time I made mac & cheese, I used Dreamfields rotini, and it really made a difference. Good stuff!
Dreamfields Rotini is my favorite pasta shape.
I like the rotini, esp if I’m making a thicker sauce. I think the sauce sticks on the twists better. Also, I don’t make rotini homemade.
My favorite is the Dreamfields Lasagna noodles.
My favorite grocery store just started carrying Dreamfields pasts. Happy dance! I like to use shells. This recipe looks like a keeper.Thanks!
Rotini is my favorite noodle!
Oh I really love the penne rigatoni! Its our families favorite!
I like Penne Rigate.
I love the elbow pasta because it’s perfect for making so many different pasta salads.
I love penne pasta.
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I love Dreamfields Angel Hair pasta! Perfect for my homemade sauce!!
My favorite is Elbow Macaroni 🙂
The spaghetti pasta, yum!
I’ve never had their pasta so I’m not sure which is my fav! Would love to try it.
I love the Rotini pasta.
we eat their penne pasta a lot
I like rotini!
My favorite is probably the rotini.
I like mac and cheese so I would say elbow pasta.
I like the lasagna
My favorite is Angel Hair pasta. Yum!
Pasta — any pasta! I always keep elbows and spaghetti on the shelf.
love the angel hair pasta
My favorite is the lasagna, to make a big tray for the family!
My kids love the rotini pasta the best.
I really like it all but I probably use their Penne Rigate more than anything else.
My favorite Dreamfields pasta is lasagna.
My favorite is the rotini.
I like the angel hair pasta.
I have yet to try Dreamfields, but I’m going to try the elbows ASAP. Hubby was just diagnosed with high cholesterol, and I am revamping our entire diet. Need to try this!
I like Dreamfield Penne Rigate.