Marry Me Pasta

spirals of marry me pasta in a dark non-stick pan

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A meatless creamy pasta recipe inspired by the popular marry me chicken!


1 and 1/2 tablespoons butter
4 cloves of garlic, grated
2 cups light cream
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes + 1 tablespoon oil from the jar
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (more if you want it to be spicy!)
3/4 box of thin linguini or other long noodle of your choice! If using short noodles use about 3 cups of dry noodles
Reserved pasta water


1. To make the sun-dried tomato paste, measure out the 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes. Chop them as finely as you can, then add to a blending device with 1 tablespoon of the oil from the jar. Pulse a few times, scrapping the sides of the container between pulses, until you get a coarse paste. See photo in the post above for the texture I got!

2. Bring your salted water to boil and cook the noodles, carefully reserve about 1/4 cup of the water to use later if you need to thin out the creamy sauce. After the noodles are cooked, strain them then set side.

3. While the pasta is cooking start making the sauce. Melt the butter in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the grated garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, dried thyme, and chicken bouillon powder. Cook for 1 minute.

4. Pour in the light cream and heat for 5 minutes, alternating between medium and medium-low heat. A light simmer is OK but do not boil.

5. Add the fresh grated Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomato paste, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and fresh basil. Stir to combine, simmer 5-7 minutes. Use the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce to your liking. Use a spoon to carefully remove any excess oil that pools on the top if you’d like.

6. Add in the cooked noodles and stir to coat. Turn off the heat and serve. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese.


If there is too much oil from the sun-dried tomatoes pooling at the top of the cream sauce you can spoon off any excess.

While this doesn’t use cooked meat, the chicken bouillon powder means this is not fully vegetarian.

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