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Creamy Basil & Tomato Pasta

Creamy Basil & Tomato Pasta is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 52.
Prep Time
20
min.
Total Time
1
hr.
Servings

8 servings, 1 cup each

Combine fresh tomatoes and fragrant, fresh basil with vinaigrette and cream cheese to feel like you're in an Italian café.

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Make It

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  • Combine first 4 ingredients. Let stand 30 min.
  • Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt; drain. Place in large bowl.
  • Add tomato mixture and pine nuts; mix lightly.

Serving Suggestion

Enjoy this creamy dish with a mixed green salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Lite Dressing.

Special Extra

Add 1 lb. cooked cleaned shrimp to the drained cooked pasta along with the tomato mixture and pine nuts.

Purchasing Fresh Tomatoes

Ripe tomatoes should be firm and free of any soft spots, bruises or signs of mold. They should have bright shiny skins, feel heavy for their size and boast a lovely fresh tomato fragrance.

Servings

  • 8 servings, 1 cup each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings, 1 cup each
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 400
Total fat 17g
Saturated fat 6g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 200mg
Carbohydrate 49g
Dietary fiber 3g
Sugars 6g
Protein 11g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 25 %DV
Vitamin C 10 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have made this recipe twice now. I have made this recipe twice now. The first time I made it exactly as directed. It was great but I'm not fond of pine nuts. The second time I made it, I substituted Low Fat Italian Dressing and 1 dry packet of Italian Dressing for the Sun Dried Tomato Dressing. I also used low fat cream cheese and toasted walnuts. It was much better the second time. I followed the instructions as directed but after I added the liquid dressing I sprinkled a packet of dry italian salad dressing over it and mixed it in. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this for the first time today. I made this for the first time today. I omitted the pine nuts (allergy issues) but added shrimp. After tossing the pasta & shrimp with the tomato & cheese mixture, I thought it was pretty bland. I saved it by adding more of the dressing and tossed it some more. The extra flavor helped immensely and my family enjoyed it. They felt it was comparable to a dish in a restaurant. I will use this again.
Date published: 2005-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay... Okay... The picture is beautiful because when prepared it is lovely to look at! Unfortunately it is bland but because it is so pretty to serve I have a solution. (I was able to "fix" it!) Prepare as directed but then cook some chicken with garlic cloves and garlic powder in a skillet to add in the toss. Add that and then place a heavy topping of parmesan--romano cheese with bacon pieces on each served plate. That adds the right kick but needs to be heavy. That is why I'm hesitant to add shrimp as chicken and bacon are more complimentary to one another and the bacon pieces with cheese are key to making it the beauty it is in the photo. I'll make my version of it again in the future! You could easily skip the chicken but we have some major carnivore issues in this house. If you skip the chicken the garlic could be left out as the bacon and cheese are great alone as a topping.
Date published: 2005-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This is a great dish with a lot of potential. This is a great dish with a lot of potential. The pasta to veggie and flavor ratio is off. Add more of everything except cream cheese and pasta. I also recommend adding more spices or sauces to off-set the cream cheese flavor. It is obvious that cream cheese was used to make it creamy. I want to disguise that flavor.
Date published: 2005-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We loved this recipe! We loved this recipe! I used whole wheat thin spaghetti noodles, lowfat cream cheese, and extra dressing. I also recommend using half the amount of pasta or doubling the sauce ingredients. It makes a nice light summer vegetarian dinner, but would be excellent with chicken or shrimp, too, like others have suggested.
Date published: 2007-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This has become a favorite at our house! This has become a favorite at our house! I use about 1/2 cup of the dressing, instead of 1/4 cup, because I love the flavor it imparts! The creamy cheese, all melting with the fresh basil is delicious! I always add 1 lb. of shrimp, too. This is going into my "keeper" file!
Date published: 2005-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The picture makes this recipe look awesome, but in reality is lacked flavor. The picture makes this recipe look awesome, but in reality is lacked flavor. The basil wasn't enough. This recipe could only be salvaged by using sun-dried tomatoes instead of romas, and adding at least 2 cloves of minced garlic and possibly some thinly sliced red onion...
Date published: 2005-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The cream cheese in this dish was a lot- I only used 5 oz instead of the 8 oz it calls for. The cream cheese in this dish was a lot- I only used 5 oz instead of the 8 oz it calls for. Thank you to prior reviews. I also added 6 oz of grilled chicken breast that I marinated in the same dressing for the 2 hours. It was very tastey! Over all a good dish!
Date published: 2010-02-23
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