Creamy Tomato Pasta Recipe with Canned Tomatoes

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If you are like me, you are always looking for recipes to use up your home-canned vegetables and fruits. This recipe uses home-canned tomatoes to make a creamy tomato pasta that your whole family will love. Add in a side of home-canned green beans and some bread with home-canned jam for a complete meal. This recipe is great for busy weeknights. You’ll have dinner on the table in no time!

closeup of a white plate with creamy tomato pasta, green beans, and sourdough bread with butter and raspberry jam on top

I always have home-canned tomatoes, home-canned green beans, and home canned jam in my pantry. This is a great recipe that uses these pantry staples to create a wonderful meal with simple ingredients.

Tips for Making Creamy Tomato Pasta


Butter: The butter in this recipe works with the flour to thicken the creamy tomato sauce. You can also use cooking oil, but I prefer the taste of butter in this recipe.

Flour: The flour works with the butter as a thickening agent for the sauce. You can use any kind of flour in this recipe.

Home-Canned Tomatoes: The tomatoes are the star of the show! Home-canned tomatoes give the best flavor, but you can use a can of store-bought tomatoes as a substitute in this recipe with no problems. Enjoy the flavor of fresh tomatoes anytime!

Milk: I like to use whole milk in this recipe. The added fat makes a really nice creamy sauce.

Garlic Powder, Parsley, and Salt: These Italian seasoning spices combine with the creamy tomato sauce to make a wonderfully flavorful sauce. If it’s garden season and you have some fresh basil or fresh parsley, adding a few chopped leaves to the sauce also adds a wonderful flavor.

Shredded Cheddar Cheese: What would pasta be without cheese? I like to use cheddar in this recipe, but freshly ground parmesan would also be great.

Rotini Noodles: You can use any kind of short pasta with this recipe, but we like Rotini noodles at my house. Switch it up by using the colorful garden rotini noodles. Penne pasta would also work well. Whole wheat pasta also works well. We have also used chickpea pasta with this recipe and that was delicious!

Parmesan Cheese: Add a little bit of shredded parmesan cheese on top of this pasta right before serving!


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  • Whisk
  • Colander
  • Wooden Spoon

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How to Make Creamy Tomato Pasta

Use these simple steps and basic ingredients to make a quick dinner for your family!

closeup of canned pint mason jars with tomatoes, green beans, and raspberry jam

Cook pasta according to the package directions in a large pan.

While the noodles are cooking, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. When butter is melted, add the flour and whisk until flour is fully incorporated. Turn the burner down to medium heat and add the undrained tomatoes. Whisk vigorously until the mixture starts to thicken.

Whisk in the 1 cup of milk until the sauce starts to thicken again. Turn the burner down to low heat and add in the garlic powder, dried parsley, and salt. To finish the creamy pasta sauce, add in 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and whisk until well combined.

closeup of creamy tomato sauce with a whisk

Pour the creamy tomato pasta sauce over the cooked pasta in the large pan and mix. Add some fresh shredded Parmesan cheese at the time of serving!

This easy recipe is great paired with some home-canned green beans or fresh spinach and a side of sourdough bread with home-canned raspberry jam! Gather your family around the dinner table with this easy meal.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I promise once you try this delicious recipe, it will be on regular rotation at your house!

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Creamy Tomato Pasta Recipe

Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This creamy tomato pasta recipe combines the wonderful flavor of home-canned tomatoes with a creamy, cheesy, garlic sauce that your family will love. Make the sauce while the noodles are cooking and have dinner on the table in no time!


  • 16 oz rotini pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pint home-canned tomatoes or 1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. When butter is melted, add in flour and whisk until combined.
  4. While whisking vigorously, add in undrained canned tomatoes. Whisk until sauce begins to thicken.
  5. Add in milk and whisk again until sauce is thick.
  6. Add garlic powder, dried parsley, and salt.
  7. Turn off heat and add in shredded cheese.
  8. Mix the creamy tomato sauce with the cooked noodles and serve with fresh Parmesan cheese on top!


Serve with a side of home-canned green beans and bread with butter and home-made jam!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 837mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 14g

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