Creamy Sundried Tomato Fettuccine

  • This creamy sundried tomato fettuccine is going to be your new favorite comfort pasta dish!

    A lightened up version of our favorite pasta dish at Cheesecake Factory! Sundried tomato fettuccine is SO creamy and delicious. No guilt here!

    I know Cheesecake Factory is so generic, but their drink specials and the appetizers they have during happy hour are pretty sweet.

    I haven’t been in ages but the last time I went, we got some drinks, some apps, and of course, we had to get some carbs.

    My FAVORITE pasta in all the land is their sundried tomato and chicken fettuccine.

    Of course it’s loaded with cream and a whole ‘lotta bad, but I can’t ever resist it.

    It’s a huge guilty pleasure. I feel slightly better about the whole situation because I can’t ever eat the entire thing so really, it isn’t that bad, right?

    I wanted to recreate it at home and lighten it up a bit. This pasta is SO creamy and scrumptious. Jason and I were shoveling it in our mouths. Very attractive. You won’t miss the boatload of cream and best of all, you won’t be feeling too guilty.

    Sundried tomatoes packed in oil or dried?

    I have used both but to keep it on the “lighter” side, I recommend using dried.

    The dried sundried tomatoes end up soaking up the liquid anyway and get reconstituted.

    Certainly, you can use the ones packed in olive oil but be sure to drain it off well!

    Why sour cream in this? Why can’t I omit it?

    You must NOT omit the sour cream in this recipe.

    I have already done the testing and failed with just Greek yogurt in the sauce.

    Since the Greek yogurt contains zero (or low) fat, it will curdle as soon as you add it to the hot mixture (since we aren’t taking the time to temper it).

    To ensure that it doesn’t curdle, you must mix the sour cream with the Greek yogurt.

    Sour cream contains fat and this fat will prevent the Greek yogurt from curdling and separating.

    If you have experience cooking with Greek yogurt and are comfortable with omitting the sour cream and replacing it with all Greek yogurt, by all means, go for it.

    However, I cannot promise you success as I have done this twice and my sauce has separated. The only success I got was when I mixed my Greek yogurt with sour cream.

    A lightened up version of our favorite pasta dish at Cheesecake Factory! Sundried tomato fettuccine is SO creamy and delicious. No guilt here!

    This was so acidic, any ideas?

    Some people say this but I actually didn’t have this experience.

    I would say add more granulated sugar if you are getting this result.

    What protein can I add to this?

    Shrimp or chicken would be a great addition!

    Can this be reheated?

    Yes, absolutely! I would suggest you use a bit of water to thin it out because after being in the fridge, this does stick together!

    Can I use any type of pasta for this?

    Yep, I love fettuccine but people have used penne and rigatoni too!

    A lightened up version of our favorite pasta dish at Cheesecake Factory! Sundried tomato fettuccine is SO creamy and delicious. No guilt here!

    What can you serve on the side with this pasta dish?

    Since this is carb-heavy as it is, I would suggest roasted vegetables!

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    A lightened up version of our favorite pasta dish at Cheesecake Factory! Sundried tomato fettuccine is SO creamy and delicious. No guilt here!

    Creamy Sundried Tomato Fettuccine
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    A lightened up version of the Cheesecake Factory's Creamy Sundried Tomato Fettuccine pasta dish! 

    Servings: 4
    Calories: 540 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 3/4 pound dried fettuccine
    • 1 cup reserved pasta water
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 cup sundried tomato halves, sliced
    • 1: 14.5 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 2-3 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
    • 1/4 cup light sour cream
    • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach
    • Salt & pepper, to taste
    • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
    Instructions
    1. In a large stockpot, bring water to a boil, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil then add your fettuccine. Cook according to direction on the box then drain (reserving 1 cup of the pasta water) and set aside.
    2. In a small bowl, combine the plain Greek yogurt and light sour cream, mix together with a spoon and set aside.
    3. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, add the remaining 3 tbsp. of olive oil to the skillet over medium high heat. Once the oil is heated up, add garlic and sundried tomato halves. Sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
    4. Turn the heat down to medium low and gently add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and granulated sugar. Stir until well-incorporated.
    5. Swiftly whisk in the Greek yogurt and sour cream mixture. You'll want to slowly add it in but whisk fast to get it all incorporated well. After all of it has been added and combined, bring the heat up to medium high and let it simmer and thicken for about 5-7 minutes.
    6. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste, then add in the baby spinach. Once the spinach has wilted, you may add in the cooked pasta and turn off the heat.
    7. Toss to coat the pasta. If the mixture seems too thick, this is where you can slowly add the reserved pasta water (DO NOT add the full cup all at once, pour slowly and stir and see if you need more).
    8. You may top with crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.
    9. Serve hot.
    Recipe Notes

    You must NOT omit the sour cream in this recipe. I have already done the testing and failed with just Greek yogurt in the sauce. Since the Greek yogurt contains zero (or low) fat, it will curdle as soon as you add it to the hot mixture (since we aren't taking the time to temper it). To ensure that it doesn't curdle, you must mix the sour cream with the Greek yogurt. Sour cream contains fat and this fat will prevent the Greek yogurt from curdling and separating. If you have experience cooking with Greek yogurt and are comfortable with omitting the sour cream and replacing it with all Greek yogurt, by all means, go for it. However, I cannot promise you success as I have done this twice and my sauce has separated. The only success I got was when I mixed my Greek yogurt with sour cream.

    Nutrition Facts
    Creamy Sundried Tomato Fettuccine
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 540 Calories from Fat 135
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 15g 23%
    Total Carbohydrates 81g 27%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    Sugars 16g
    Protein 16g 32%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

    Cooking with yogurt is definitely tricky – love your tip about combining it with sour cream to make sure it doesn’t curdle! This looks insanely good!

  • Valerie says:

    This looks SO delicious! The sun-dried tomatoes in my fridge have been crying out to me ever since I opened this page on my browser…and I love how the ingredients are all things that I almost always have on hand!

  • Kathryn says:

    This sounds so delicious – I can never resist a big plate of pasta!

  • Jodie says:

    This looks delish! Going on my meal plan for next week for sure.

  • Veronica says:

    This sounds so yummy! If you want to lighten it up more I would suggest trying to substitute some of the olive oil because 6 tbsp is already 1,000 calories. Of course it is partially good fat but still quite a bit of it! Can’t wait to try this!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    Bachelorette fun!! Hope you had a great time. Sounds like it:-)
    And this is absolutely lighted up! Looks fantastic. I have a soft spot for sundried tomatoes, and am constantly on the prowl for new, flavorful pasta dishes. Sold!
    PS. Do you know why the cheesecake is “cliche”. Because deep down, you can’t not love it! Guilty pleasure-couldn’t have said it better.

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    OH my goodness. I can’t wait to make this!! Love so many of the pasta Dishes at the Cheesecake Factory but not loving the calories!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I can’t wait to hear more about the weekend. It looked like so much fun… minus the major hangover. Those aren’t pleasant at all. While I loathe tomatoes… this pasta looks incredible!

  • katie says:

    ha ha… I’m the same way. I can’t remember where I over indulged last but it made me realize that I’m not as young as I use to be! ;) hope your bachelorette party was fab. This pasta looks fab. I need to go checkout there happy hour special. My favorite martini ever is their strawberry martini.

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    That looks so good! I was just thinking about a sundried tomato alfredo sauce the other day.

  • That is one good-looking plate of pasta–I’m In!!

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

    Oh yum! Any pasta with tomato is a win in my books!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Ah, awesome! One of my ALL time what-would-you-eat-if-you-had-one-day-to-live meal choices is Fettucine alfredo, and even better, with sundried tomatoes! It’s my ultimate comfort food, and don’t worry, I shovel it in my mouth whenever it’s around… And now a lightened up version… yippeee!! I can’t. wait. to. try. this!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    I have never tried this one at Cheesecake Factory but I’ll take a lightened up version any day! I love it.

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

    I’ve never had this dish at the Cheesecake Factory, but your version looks to die for! I love creamy pasta dishes and the fact that this is “lightened up” makes it even better! Love!

  • marla says:

    Such a delicious looking pasta!

  • Maria says:

    I want a big bowl of this pasta!

  • Karly says:

    This is gorgeous! I love that you used yogurt and sour cream in place of the cream.

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    Pasta with minimal guilt – I’m so loving this. And I’m pretty sure I’d be shoveling it into my face too. Ben is so totally lucky to see that everyday… :)

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    This dish makes me so freaking happy! Any excuse to eat a big bowl of pasta is the best!! Can’t wait for the bach recap. It looks like you had a blast!

  • Lisa says:

    I love your copycat and fake-out take-out recipes! This one looks delicious and can’t wait to make it. I love their Cajun Jambalaya Pasta, please copy and skinnify that one!!!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    Huuuuuuurts so good.

  • Heather Christo says:

    I seriously CANNOT believe how good this looks right now. I would even eat a big bowl for breakfast!!

  • Marjory says:

    Love the lightened up version!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Oh yah!! Love this girl!

  • dixya @ food, pleasure, and health says:

    i have never had this at CC Factory but I can already tell how fabulous it is. I am going to certainly going to try this- looks so gooood!! I crave greasyyyy food to cure my hangover as well :) hope you are feel better.

  • Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says:

    Oh this looks fab Julie! I know what you mean about not being able to drink like you used too. I’m always quite happy to volunteer to be DD so I have an excuse not to go overboard and yet not look totally lame too :)

  • Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    Is it too weird to say I love you in the comment? Idc if it is THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS! I love this pasta at Cheesecake Factory but my college budget means I don’t go too often. But now you’re telling me I can make it at home?? And it’s less bad for me? You are the best :D

    P.S Glad you had fun at your party!

  • Lisa says:

    This looks delish!! It is going on my list of recipes to try! Thank you for this!

  • Angie @ Big Bear's Wife says:

    I’ve only been to the Cheesecake Factory like twice but I loved it both times. Their pasta is sooo good. Well.. most all pasta is good but you know what I mean. This copycat pasta is just perfect! I was just telling someone the other day that I needed to find some light pasta dishes, this may help me out :)

  • Emily says:

    This sounds amaaaazing. I need this in my life, like NOW. Gorgeous photos, as always!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love sundried tomatoes! This is my kind of pasta (once again, Greek yogurt can do no wrong!).

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    This is my kinda meal.

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    My tummy is grumbling just looking at this pasta. I need to have it ASAP! Haha, and I cant wait to hear about your bach party! Looked so much fun! I hope youre feeling better today :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    Oh YUM! I actually love Cheesecake Factory – it’s one of the few chain restaurants that I think has actually really tasty food. And this looks SO good!!

  • jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    I think it’s some kind of rule that you have to wake up hungover after your bachelorette party, I think it’s good luck.
    And this pasts looks perfect!

  • Jess says:

    Seriously so excited this is finally up! I am already drooling :)

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    Oh my gosh this is fantastic

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    Love pasta. Love the cheesecake factory! Already added this one to the menu plan! Love your tip about cooking with greek yogurt! Glad you had a blast at your bachelorette! Can’t wait to hear (read!) all about it! :)

  • naomi says:

    Whose counting calories on this one??? It looks awesome.Damn!

  • Julia says:

    I love cooking with yogurt-so much healthier! I can only imagine how much better this pasta dish is made from Table for Two vs. Cheesecake Factory (nothing against them!). Love this!

  • Michelle says:

    This looks amazing!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    I’m all about sun-dried tomato fettuccine! This looks great!

  • Emjay says:

    Do you happen to have a calorie content per serving? I can’t find it.

  • Rachael says:

    I die.

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    I love the Cheesecake Factory too, and always feel like such a bad food blogger for wanting to eat there! Glad to know I’m not alone in my love for them.

    This pasta looks amazing!! Lightened up means I can eat the whole batch, right?? :)

  • carrian says:

    Your party looked totally fun!! And how the heck have I missed this at cheesecake?(Probably because the menu has 50 choices!)

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    I’ve never been to Cheesecake Factory but this looks amazing!

  • Gaby says:

    I love me some cheesecake factory! and I hear ya on the drinking – I just cant seem to keep up with my 21year old self!!

  • Monica says:

    This inspires me to try cooking more with yogurt…I love lightened up versions of these delicious restaurant dishes – particularly when it comes to pasta! This looks so yummy!

    I love pasta da vinci at Cheesecake Factory…just in case you’re looking for other ideas… ; )

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