Easy and unique pasta sauces are a staple item in my house. It elevates dinner and makes just a regular old pasta night turn into a gourmet pasta night. That’s exactly what you’ll get with this Alfredo Tomato Sauce. Alfredo sauce with tomato is an interesting spin on the traditional white Alfredo sauce we’re all used to. The added tomato sauce to the Alfredo helps cut through the heaviness and lighten the sauce up a bit. It’s robust, hearty, and filled with warm and comforting flavors.
I’ve also referred to this previously as Blush Alfredo Sauce, but I feel that title doesn’t really tell you what this is. Also, the color really isn’t pink. It’s more of a cross between orange and maybe slightly pink. So, with this new version of the I worked on I also decided to change the name to Alfredo Tomato Sauce.
Do you know what the secret ingredient is to make perfect Alfredo sauce?
Yes! Nutmeg is what you need to add to Alfredo sauce to get that warm deep flavor. Nutmeg will set the sauce apart from just being a cream sauce to making it into Alfredo sauce. Trust me on this! Do not skip the nutmeg. Taste the cream sauce first before adding the nutmeg, then add it and taste again. You’ll see why I’m so adamant that it needs to be added to get that extra layer of flavor that will impress your taste buds.
Look at those perfect mounds of swirled pasta! You’ll notice I chose linguini pasta noodles for this instead of fettuccine. I actually don’t really like the thickness and width of fettuccine noodles, I also didn’t want this dish to be just a different version of fettuccine Alfredo. So, linguini noodles it is! Linguini is a flat noodle, but not as wide as a fettuccine noodle. They hold onto the sauce without being overly starchy or competing with the sauce.
Like pasta dinners? Check out some of my other recipes you might like:
Marsala Cream Sauce Pasta
Easy Pesto Pasta
Alfredo Tomato Sauce with Linguini
Alfredo tomato sauce is a fun twist on the traditional Alfredo sauce. Warm, robust, and a comforting pasta dish. The colors will make you want to dive right in with the pinkish sauce topped with vibrant green basil!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
3/4 box linguini pasta noodles (I find the full box is way too much pasta!)
1 tablespoon butter
2 garlic cloves, grated
4 basil leaves, chopped
1 and 1/2 cups light cream
8 oz can of tomato sauce
2 teaspoons corn starch
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (don’t skip this!!)
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon pepper
1. Cook the linguini pasta in salted boiling water for 10-11 minutes.
2. As the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat, add the grated garlic and chopped basil and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the cream and tomato sauce and stir until blended and combined. Sprinkle in the corn starch and whisk so it dissipates into the sauce and break up any clumps. Add the Parmesan cheese and the seasonings: nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Simmer until the pasta is done cooking.
3. To serve, sprinkle with additional Parmesan and additional chopped basil leaves.
As always with a cream sauce, if it gets too thick as the pasta is cooking add 1/2 ladles of the boiling pasta water to thin it out. If your sauce gets too think and watery, add more corn starch to thicken it it. If your pasta is done cooking before the sauce, reserve some of the pasta water in case you need to add it later.
I made this tonight for my family and it was delicious! Thank you for a fabulous recipe!
Thank you so much! I’m so glad it was a hit with your family 🙂
I was skeptical at first, but it came out amazing! Follow the recipe exactly as written and you won’t be disappointed. Yes, don’t forget the nutmeg – shave it from a whole seed if possible. Who thought such a small ingredient would make such a difference?! Taste it before and after to see for yourself!
Thank you so much I’m so glad you enjoyed! And you’re right, the nutmeg is the game changer 🙂
I used to always get lobster ravioli with pink sauce from our local Italian restaurant. This sauce tastes just like their pink sauce! Absolutely delicious and so simple to make! Thanks for the recipe!
so glad you liked! I definitely want to try this on ravioli now 🙂