Pasta with a unique red brie pasta sauce is perfect for changing up regular ol’ noodle night. This meal is quick, simple and satisfying.

cooked tube pasta covered with red sauce on a white plate

What better way to throw together a delicious weeknight meal than serving pasta with a unique red sauce that is perfect for changing up regular ol’ noodle night.

Made in 30 minutes or less, this meal is satisfying and simple. A great combination.

While I love brie cheese in other applications, I’ve never considered using it as a creamy add-in for a pasta sauce. The medley of crushed tomatoes, simple spices and combination of Parmesan and brie cheese give the sauce a wonderful texture and flavor and because it is so simple, when I make this, I usually serve it alongside the Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce (another quick and delicious pasta sauce) for a little variety.

A naturally meatless sauce, you could easily add in some grilled chicken or sauteed ground turkey or beef for extra protein…or leave it meatless like we do to save a few dollars.

What To ServeI like to serve meatless pasta dishes like this with whole wheat breadsticks, a green salad, and steamed veggies like broccoli or peas.

white bowl of cooked tube pasta smothered with red brie sauce

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Red Brie Pasta Sauce

Yield: Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

Ingredients

  • 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces Brie cheese, outer rind removed, cubed

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, sugar, basil and red pepper flakes (if using).
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir well, continuing to simmer for another 1-2 minutes. Stir in the Brie cheese, simmering and stirring until the cheese melts.
  4. Serve the sauce over penne pasta (most any shape of pasta will work well!).

Notes

Flavor: if you want to add yet another dimension of flavor to this sauce, you can start off by sautéing several cloves of minced garlic in olive oil and then adding the rest of the ingredients. I was in too much of a hurry so I simplified and still loved the result.

Olives: also, from what I hear, chopped black olives make a wonderful addition to the sauce.

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Recipe Source: adapted slightly from my friend, Reyna, who originally got it from her friend, Michelle