Creamy Skillet Pasta Recipe

I am a huge pasta fan!  It seriously feels like Christmas to me when Olive Garden has their unlimited pasta special.  I usually drag my husband there a few times during the promotional period. 🙂

I was craving some pasta recently and definitely was not looking appealing enough to head out anywhere, so I rummaged through my pantry and fridge and this beautiful pasta was born.  It tasted absolutely amazing and tamed my crazy pasta eating urges….for awhile at least!

Serves: 4

Creamy Skillet Pasta Recipe

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (16 ounce) box bow tie pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar pasta sauce
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to directions on the package.  
  2. Rinse pasta in cold water, drain and set aside. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and saute until soft and see through.  
  4. Add minced garlic and tomatoes and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add pasta sauce, half and half and Italian seasoning. Simmer until heated through.  
  6. Add drained pasta and cheese. Toss to coat pasta evenly and serve.



1828 cal


42 g


318 g


62 g
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15 Responses to “Creamy Skillet Pasta Recipe”

  1. Kim Beaulieu
    This looks absolutely delicious. I'd gobble it up in no time. I just had to stop by to poke about. I spoke with your dad today, he's working on my site so it inspired me to head over and say hello. Love the family vibe here. It's fantastic.
    • I've never even been to that web site but I have made many dishes quite similar. Including ones with chicken. Gee. Guess I am ripping it off too, even though I have never seen that specific recipe. *eyeroll* Please. It's a completely basic recipe, more of a formula than a recipe. There are hundreds if not thousands of recipes like this shared all over the place, from just as many people. Does not mean anyone is stealing it from anyone else - just means it's something so basic a ton of people have their own versions of it and given it's simplicity, they're bound to look remarkably similar to one another.
    • Actually Beth R, there are plenty of differences in the two recipes. It's like saying someone copied another persons cake recipe just because they had a few of the same base ingredients and a similar process. If you cant say something nice, maybe you shouldn't say anything at all. Good golly.
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  2. How many people does this recipe serve? I'm making it tonight! Sooo nice to not have to go to the grocery store! I have alll those ingredients at home! I'm pretty young and new to cooking. Would buttermilk be disgusting instead of half and half?

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