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Bowties with Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

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Pasta is a great go-to meal but, for me, it quickly gets boring when you are just serving it with marinara sauce. So to keep pasta night exciting we like to change things up now and then with this tasty, and simple, Tomato Cream* Sauce.

Bowties with Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

I say Cream* because while the original recipe called for heavy cream, we found using skim milk and thickening with some flour to result in a lighter, but just as “creamy”, sauce. We also use plain old sun dried tomatoes instead of sun dried tomatoes packed in oil. My philosophy is, cut calories where you can (without sacrificing flavor) so you can pack them on with dessert!

I’m sure with a philosophy like that I’ll make it far!

Bowties with Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

On a side note…

This side note is here because I am in love with these pictures Rachel took and I don’t want to eliminate one just so I don’t have to type more. So this side note is a complete break from the structure and flow of the previous two paragraphs, but I hope you don’t mind the stream of consciousness now coming.

Being unemployed is a lot of work. I’m beat. Besides dealing with all that paperwork the state has you fill out and job hunting, I’ve been ramping up my freelance work, feeling out if I can make it a full fledged business. I sat in my chair in front of the computer for the better part of the day.

But I’m not complaining. Both because I feel fortunate I can feel so busy and optimistic being unemployed, as I know many are not. I’m also not complaining because I am loving my time with Baby Boy (Rachel too!).

Baby Boy was feeling a little under the weather today, runny nose and all that. When he saw me after his midday nap he just wanted to be held by me and snuggle in the crook of my neck. I couldn’t resist him. I just held him and slowly walked around the house while he chilled, resting his head on my shoulder. Love.

I think going back to work is going to be very hard after all this family time.

Bowties with Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce


  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk (or heavy cream, if you don't mind the calories)
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig
  • 1 cup (8 fl oz) Chicken Stock
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 12 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 package bowtie pasta


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk (or cream) and thyme spring to a boil.
  2. Lower the heat and simmer until the milk is reduced by about one-third, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit 10 minutes.
  3. Prepare pasta according to directions on box.
  4. Remove and discard the thyme sprig from the sauce. Return the sauce to the heat, add the Chicken Stock and simmer 5 minutes, gradually adding the flour to thicken to desired consistency. Add the diced tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat, stir in the thyme leaves. Keep warm until ready to serve over pasta.

Recipe adapted from: William Sonoma Pasta Cookbook


10 thoughts

  • January 11, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Now I know exactly what to make with the bag of bowties I have in my pantry. Looks so yummy! I’m sure my husband will like this recipe.

    • Chris
      January 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Renee! Hope you guys try it. Let me know what you think =D

    • Chris
      January 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Tara! We love how quick it is to whip up. And re: lightened up, means less guilt munching on that chocolate during the day =D

  • January 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    What is it about creamy pasta that makes me incredibly happy….maybe because it`s such a treat around here…

    I could totally make the cream sauce with a nut milk base too! I think pasta is on my menu soon…thanks to you for making me drool! 🙂

    • Chris
      January 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Oh that would be an interesting variation. Let me know how it comes out and what you did =D

  • January 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    We love pasta night, and this pasta looks fantastic.

    I hope that you get to enjoy more of those extra cuddles with your little guy. Maybe you will find enough freelance work to stay at home full time.

    • Chris
      January 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Thanks Natalie! And yes, I’m loving the extra time at home with the little guy 🙂

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