Cream Cheese Pasta served on a curved white plate on a marble surface
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Cream Cheese Pasta

Here I'll show you a secret tip to getting truly creamy Cream Cheese Pasta without the sauce drying up. With just 5 ingredients, this easy pasta dish is a total winner!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 761kcal
Author: Chris Collins

Ingredients

  • 7oz / 200g Spaghetti
  • 3.5oz / 100g Cream Cheese
  • 3.5oz / 100g Ham, chopped (could sub chicken/bacon/mushrooms)
  • 1/3 cup / 20g Parmesan, grated (plus extra to serve)
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 clove of Garlic, finely diced
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, for frying

Instructions

  • Cook your spaghetti in salted boiling water until al dente. Right before draining, reserve a cup of starchy pasta water.
  • Meanwhile, in a pan heat a drizzle of olive oil over a medium flame and fry your garlic and ham for a few minutes until lightly browned.
  • Melt in your butter, then stir about 1/3 cup of starchy pasta water. Quickly whisk in a circular motion to create an emulsion and combine the starchy water with the butter. 
  • Stir in your cream cheese then add your parmesan. Season to taste then add your spaghetti. Toss through the sauce, using your starchy water to thin out as needed.
  • Serve with extra helpings of parmesan. Enjoy!

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Notes

a) What Cream Cheese to use? - I use Philadelphia (not sponsored) but use a good quality brand. The cream cheese is the main event so don't skimp out on something keep and nasty. 
 
b) What much pasta water to use? - Start off with 1/3 cup to create the emulsion, add in all of your other ingredients and then adjust accordingly.
 
c) Calories - based on using 1 tsp olive oil for frying and shared between 2 people.

Nutrition

Calories: 761kcal | Carbohydrates: 82.53g | Protein: 30.02g | Fat: 34.22g | Saturated Fat: 17.928g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.142g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10.108g | Trans Fat: 0.146g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 994mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 4.27g | Vitamin A: 2300IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 4mg