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Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce

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This creamy, cheesy alfredo sauce is loaded with chopped sun-dried tomatoes, Italian herbs, garlic, and fresh spinach coated over tender pasta noodles, and then topped with chopped basil. Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce is an incredibly easy to make homemade recipe.

And we are so excited to share this cozy, 30-minute must-try recipe with you. There won’t be any problems quickly whipping up this sauce for dinner after returning home from a busy day at work, school or sports practice.

This also makes the perfect meal to share with extended family and friends or on special occasions.

A large black bowl with small pasta noodles covered in a creamy sauce with red sun-dried tomatoes and spinach in the sauce next to a gold fork and spoon. With a small glass jar of sun-dried tomatoes in it.

Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce is deliciously flavored with just the right amount of chopped sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, herbs and broth balanced with chewy, tender pasta noodles. This tastes just as good as it looks.

Over the past few years this has been one of our go-to recipes on busy nights. And there’s a natural coziness to this sauce that makes busy days suddenly feel slower and more relaxed.

As a result we learned to keep the pantry stocked with sun-dried tomatoes and nutritional yeast so we can enjoy this meal anytime we want.

sun-dried tomato alfredo sauce ingredient list

  • dairy free butterEarth Balance Buttery Sticks are our favorite brand
  • sun-dried tomatoes in oil— we suggest this 8.5 ounce jar of Bella Sun Luci Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Italian herbs; here is their allergen statement. This can be purchased here on Amazon. Or here is a guide to DIY safely at home.
  • gluten free all-purpose flour— our go-to is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Mix. We buy it in bulk to save money here.
  • chicken stock/broth— vegetable stock works too. Pacific Brands offers their manufacturing statement here.
  • canned coconut milk— this is not the same as refrigerated coconut milk
  • Dijon mustard— we recommend Annie’s Organic. Here is their manufacturing statement.
  • nutritional yeast— we keep this brand stocked in our pantry
  • garlic powder
  • fresh spinach— if you love spinach like we do, you can toss even more spinach into this recipe than the recipe card calls for, or you can leave it out altogether
  • kosher salt
  • ground pepper
  • gluten free pasta noodles— keep scrolling for our favorite suggestions in this recipe. You can easily stretch this recipe to include more servings by adding more pasta.
  • optional— grilled chicken slices, sautéed shrimp, baked bacon crumbles, sliced mushrooms, sautéed broccoli
  • garnishes— fresh chopped parsley and dairy free parmesan cheese
A large black bowl with small pasta noodles covered in a creamy sauce with red sun-dried tomatoes and spinach in the sauce next 3 breadsticks and fresh parsley.

frequently asked questions

what gluten free pasta noodle is best for this dish

We absolutely love feasting on this recipe with Charlie’s Table certified gluten free pasta. They offer 5 different artisanal style noodles {tagliatelle, bucatini, gemelli, garganelli, rigatoni}. Their noodles arrive at your doorstep and are ready to enjoy in 3 minutes or you can freeze them for enjoying later.

Their rigatoni is pictured in this post.

You can also enjoy this recipe with classic gluten free fettuccine noodles, rotini, or farfalle {bowtie} noodles.

can we add in more sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

Yes. Please do! This sauce recipe can handle even more chopped sun-dried tomatoes and fresh spinach. Add in more as you like.

what meat can we added to this recipe

Seasoned chicken, large sautéed shrimp, and bacon crumbles add wonderful bonus flavor to this creamy and cheesy dish.

Or you can keep this a meatless recipe to save money and resources.

can this sun-dried tomato alfredo sauce be made ahead of time

This sauce is best the day it is prepared; however, leftovers are quite appetizing and delicious too.

Leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated up to 3 days later.

A large black bowl with small pasta noodles covered in a creamy sauce with red sun-dried tomatoes and spinach in the sauce  with fresh basil chopped on top.

Another meal idea is to serve this classic Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce over spaghetti squash. Those flavors together are incredible.

And our homemade sauce recipe is modified from a vegan alfredo sauce recipe found on their Loving It Vegan website.

We made gluten free substitutions and added in our favorites such as spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and bacon crumbles.

more mouthwatering dinner recipes you’ll love

  • manicotti— stuffed manicotti filled with soft spinach and creamy ricotta filling in a pan of perfectly seasoned ground beef and marinara sauce topped with fresh parsley and dairy free cheese for an incredible meal
  • pasta e fagioli— copycat Olive Garden recipe loaded with hearty ground sausage, fresh diced vegetables, beans, tender ditalini pasta noodles, and delicious herbs in a savory broth
  • hamburger cowboy soup— this recipe warms you up from the inside out with its tender pieces of Yukon Gold potatoes, flavorful mixed veggies, and tongue-waking fire-roasted tomatoes in a tasty ground beef broth mixture 

yummy side dish ideas

You will find countless side dishes to serve with this Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce such as sautéed asparagus and mushrooms, roasted butternut squash, and balsamic green beans.

And don’t forget the warm, soft, out-of-the-oven breadsticks or baguettes brushed with dairy free butter, garlic powder, and Italian spices.

BTW we enjoy Udi’s French Baguettes and My Bread Bakery Soft Breadsticks with this meal.

lastly

An Italian-inspired dinner is always a win-win for the whole family. And this Sun-Dried Alfredo Sauce recipe won’t disappoint.

Then transfer this homemade dish with your favorite pasta noodles to a serving bowl and top with chopped parsley and dairy free grated parmesan cheese.

We find this dish is creamy and comforting.

And who would ever guess it’s gluten/dairy free? Not to mention easily soy and egg free with your favorite soy and egg free products.

Bonus– you will find so many more delicious homemade dinner recipes on our website, Eating Gluten and Dairy Free. Start snooping around now.

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Eat well and feel well,

Jill

Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce

This creamy, cheesy alfredo sauce is loaded with chopped sun-dried tomatoes, Italian herbs, garlic, and fresh spinach coated over tender pasta noodles, and then topped with chopped basil.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, soy free
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp dairy free butter suggestion in the post
  • 1 tbsp sun-dried tomato oil
  • 2 tbsp gluten free all-purpose flour suggestion in the post
  • c chicken stock/broth vegetable stock works too
  • 14 oz canned coconut milk
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard suggestion in post
  • ¼ c nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • ½ c fresh spinach
  • c chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • ground black pepper and salt to taste
  • 12 oz gluten free pasta noodles prepared according to box directions
  • optional add-ins–grilled chicken, sautéed shrimp, bacon crumbles, mushrooms
  • garnishes– chopped basil and dairy free parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Add butter and sun-dried tomato oil to a saucepan on medium heat until the butter is melted.
  • Then add in the flour and briefly fry it. Add in the chicken stock and coconut milk.
  • Whisk to remove any clumps.
  • Continue stirring until the sauce begins to boil and thicken. This sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Remove the sauce from heat and allow to thicken more.
  • As the sauce thickens for a minute stir in the Dijon mustard, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, ground pepper, salt, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Top pasta noodles with sauce and combine. Garnish with chopped parsley, shopped bacon, and parmesan cheese if desired.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Refrigerate and store leftovers in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Notes

To stretch the servings of this dish add in more pasta noodles. Bonus– you can add more chopped sun-dried tomatoes and spinach to this recipe. Or you can omit them entirely.

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