Baked Pasta in a Creamy Chipotle Tomato Sauce

Baked Shells in Creamy Chipotle Tomato Sauce - Gluten Free

A couple of weeks ago I was tagged on Facebook to participate in a five day gratitude challenge. Everyday you would list five things you were grateful for and because you also tagged three of your friends, they would also list five things. I had such a great time every morning, logging into my account to see the lists of the day.

Truth be told, I’m already big into daily thankfulness. It’s like my personal type of meditation I do first thing before starting my day. Sometimes, what I am acknowledging could seem trivial, like my comfy bed or fresh water to drink but when you think of how many people don’t even have that it gives you pause. Remember how blessed we are. Even if it seems hard sometimes.

Having an abundance of healthy, organic food available to me is on my list always. And this baked pasta dish? So, so grateful. 🙂

Quick to throw together and plenty of leftovers to reheat for lunch tomorrow? So, so, SO grateful. 😉

Baked Shells in Creamy Chipotle Tomato Sauce - Gluten Free

 Most restaurants will douse cream pastas in a ridiculous amount of whipping cream. It may taste good at the time but I guarantee your belly won’t be agreeing with that decision. Couple that with the bleached, all-purpose white pasta and about two thousand calories later you may be full of regret instead of gratitude!

I was inspired to make this a creamier style pasta due to some sour cream in the fridge that was dangerously approaching it’s due date. Sour cream is lighter than whipping cream and making this pasta at home means organic all the way, a must for dairy products. To up the healthier quotient, use brown rice pasta shells which makes this a gluten free meal.

Baked Shells in Creamy Chipotle Tomato Sauce - Gluten Free

Using jarred tomato sauce really sped things up. It was a small corner cut but I did use homemade veggie broth to cook my pasta.

Baked Shells in Creamy Chipotle Tomato Sauce - Gluten Free

We all know I like to add spice. Flavours from things like peppers, onions, and spices means less sodium, fat, etc. For this dish, it was chipotle peppers. I chop them up with their seeds and all. Smoky, spicy, yummy.

Baked Shells in Creamy Chipotle Tomato Sauce - Gluten Free

This sauce doesn’t even need a saucepan! Stir the tomato sauce with the sour cream and chopped chipotle peppers. Add in some sliced green onion for even more depth and some texture. I reserved some to sprinkle on top of the finished pasta.

Baked Shells in Creamy Chipotle Tomato Sauce - Gluten Free

Layer the sauce with the cooked pasta shells and some shredded cheddar and top it with plenty of freshly ground pepper and crushed chilies. –> Likey the spicy. 😉 Let it all bubble away in the oven.

Baked Shells in Creamy Chipotle Tomato Sauce - Gluten Free
Baked Shells in Creamy Chipotle Tomato Sauce - Gluten Free

We enjoyed ours in our sun filled living room. Yet another thing to be grateful for.

Baked Shells in Creamy Chipotle Tomato Sauce - Gluten Free

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Creamy Baked Shells in Chipotle Tomato Sauce – Gluten Free

Sharon Rhodes
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 434 kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Coat 9×8 baking dish with olive oil and set aside
  • Cook brown rice pasta shells according to package instructions and set aside
  • In a medium bowl, combine tomato sauce, sour cream, and chopped chipotle peppers. Add green onions and stir again.
  • Add half of the noodles to your prepared baking dish. Top with half of the sauce, then sprinkle 1 cup of the grated cheese. Repeat with noodles, sauce, and then a final layer of cheese. Top with lots of fresh pepper and a sprinkling of chili flakes
  • Bake for 25 minutes, finishing with 3-4 minutes under the broiler to get a bit of crust on the cheese
  • Top with fresh sliced green onions


Calories: 434kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 16gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 940mgPotassium: 556mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1385IUVitamin C: 13.5mgCalcium: 371mgIron: 2mg
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  1. love how hearty and delicious this is! definitely craving some right now.. perfect for this winter weather!

  2. I am totally loving this pasta! I.Love.Pasta! I have never tried using sour creme as a sauce though, this has got to happen in my kitchen! Those noodles look so good & creamy….now I’m starving lolz!

    1. We loved it! Since there are only two of us, I also love that there are lots of leftovers. No cooking for me today! 🙂 Have a great week, Karen!!

  3. This looks amazing! One thing though, I hate chipotle with a passion 🙁 What would you recommend as an alternative to chipotle peppers?

    1. Hey Mick! You could use chili powder if you wanted a bit of spice without the chipotle. I would say a tablespoon or two depending how spicy you like it.

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