A lot of people think that making a pasta recipe always comes with complicated steps and ingredients. But you know what, that is not always the case. Sure, some recipes take an hour or even more to complete. But there are also some that can be prepared as easy as 1, 2, 3!
For lunch, this 10-minute cream cheese pasta will surely help you avoid resorting to takeout meals. You can easily whip it out in the morning or even the night before and simply reheat it when it’s lunchtime. Easy, delicious, and economical, too.
So what’s with this recipe?
Well, as the name suggests, it is made with cream cheese. This smooth cheese is popular with bagels, crackers, as well as bread. But it can be an excellent ingredient for pasta as well.
In a nutshell, cream cheese is made by combining cream and milk. That is why it has a smooth consistency and mild taste. So imagine that mixed with spaghetti pasta seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper. Not to mention the Parmesan cheese that makes it creamier. Sounds really good, right?
Here is how you can pull off this recipe in just 10 minutes:
Cream cheese is what makes this pasta recipe indulgent. Combined with garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes, you’d have a sumptuous lunch meal.
225 grams of spaghetti pasta
160 grams of cream cheese
30 grams of grated Parmesan cheese (add more for serving)
1 tablespoon olive oil (add more for serving)
1 garlic clove (minced)
120 ml of cooking water
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste
- Cook pasta until al dente in a large pot of boiling water.
- Reserve a cup of the starchy water before draining.
- While cooking the pasta, heat olive oil in a large skillet and add the garlic. Make sure not to get it burnt.
- Add the cream cheese, pasta water, and Parmesan cheese. Mix well with the oil until the sauce gets creamy.
- Add the drained pasta to the skillet. Mix well and ensure that each piece gets coated with the sauce.
- Drizzle olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pepper, and chili flakes.
- Serve immediately.
When you cook the garlic, you can also add chili flakes.
- Category: Pasta
- Cuisine: Italian
There are several types of cream cheese out there, but I highly recommend Philadelphia cream cheese. Take note also that the pasta water already contains salt, so it is advisable that you taste the sauce first before adding salt.
As for the pasta, this recipe suggests Spaghetti. But, of course, you can always utilize other types such as penne, linguine, fettucini, as well as macaroni. It all depends on what you like.
Is It Customizable?
Yes, this pasta recipe is versatile. You are free to add more ingredients like spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, asparagus, peppers, and peas. You can even mix some cherry tomatoes, arugula, and basil. Or, if you are not a vegetarian, bacon, ham, grilled chicken breast, smoked salmon, prawns, and shrimp would be an excellent addition, too.
The sky is the limit when it comes to the add-ons!