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Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Here’s your weeknight dinner answer for the next forever. We’re not going for gourmet, but it would be cool if we can check off a couple different food groups instead of just putting cheese on a tortilla and calling it a quesadilla again. Just me?

A creamy sauce built around sun-dried tomatoes dresses up fish, chicken, or whatever else is hanging out in your freezer. Even better, you can make a quick paste from pantry ingredients and spices instead of heading to the store for a little jar of sun-dried tomatoes. Add roasted broccoli for some green goodness and you’ve got a real meal on the table in 15 minutes, well done!

Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Sun-dried tomatoes are crazy good but also crazy expensive. A little jar that’s half full of oil can run over $6, and let me tell you that I can easily make that disappear in a single meal. Sometimes the splurge is definitely worth it, other times I’m perfectly happy to cheat a little bit.

I fell in love with (not) Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce from Budget Bytes years ago and it has a permanent place in my fridge. I’ve updated it a little here and there, but the basics are the same and you won’t even miss the real thing in busy recipes.

Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

I’ve scaled down my version of the (not) sun-dried paste below, but I really recommend making a full batch from Beth’s original recipe to have on hand! Like pesto, just a spoonful can really make a dish so much more flavorful. I love it stirred into eggs, as a pizza sauce base, and tossed with balsamic to make vinaigrette.

Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
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Serves: about 2 cups
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, minced, or paste (below)
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • salt to taste
  • ⅓ cup plain greek yogurt
  1. Heat sun-dried tomatoes or paste over medium heat in a large skillet.
  2. Add butter and garlic. Stir until butter has melted and garlic is soft.
  3. Pour in chicken broth and stir until fully combined. Add salt to taste.
  4. Remove the skillet from heat. Fold in greek yogurt until the sauce is a creamy rose color.
  5. Serve over fish or chicken.

Cheater's Sun-Dried Tomato Paste
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Serves: about ½ cup
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 t. oregano
  • 1 t. basil
  • 1 t. rosemary
  • ½ t. thyme
  • ½ t. red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 t. honey
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium low heat in a large skillet.
  2. Saute garlic, herbs, and red pepper flakes until fragrant. Garlic should be soft but not browned.
  3. Stir in tomato paste and honey. It will take several minutes for the oil and paste to combine; just keep mashing them together.
  4. To continue making cream sauce, continue cooking in the same skillet.

Nutrition Facts
8 servings per container
Serving size 1/4 cup

Amount per serving
Calories 69
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 80mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 2g

Calcium 4mg 1%
Iron 2mg 12%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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