Cream Cheese Pasta Sauce Recipes

cream cheese pasta sauceThere’s nothing more decedent than freshly cooked pasta coated in a creamy sauce. Cream cheese is often the secret ingredient that many chefs use to give their sauce just the right consistency, without the time consuming and hair raising attempts at creating a roux. Try one of these cream cheese pasta sauce recipes to see what it is you’ve been missing on your pasta.

Using Cream Cheese in Sauce

Cream cheese can be combined with numerous other ingredients such as butter, milk, cheese, garlic, and tomatoes to create a wide variety of different sauces. The key to creating a successful cream cheese dish that isn’t lumpy or oddly textured is to make sure that your cream cheese has softened slightly, and is as close to room temperature as possible before you use it. Adding a block of cold cream cheese to your hot sauces can cause it to curdle slightly, which can throw off both the taste and the texture of the finished sauce.

To make sure that your cream cheese pasta sauces come out perfect every time, remove the cream cheese from the fridge at least one hour before you plan on cooking. Cut the block up to 1-inch pieces; the greater surface area will ensure that it reaches temperature faster, and will allow it to melt down into the rest of your sauce with ease. If you’re a new cook just starting out in some cooking courses, you’ll quickly find that cream cheese can make an excellent addition to many sauces, and that it can get you quick results while you take the time to practice your more complicated techniques.

Parmesan and Cream Cheese Sauce

This fast and easy cream cheese sauce has a rich, nutty flavor thanks to the addition of the Parmesan. If you want to add a little extra depth to the flavor, try substituting half the Parmesan for Romano cheese instead.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

  1. Pour the milk and Parmesan into a small saucepan and cut in the cream cheese.
  2. Heat slowly over low heat, stirring constantly until the cream cheese is melted, and the sauce is heated through.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the garlic and white pepper.
  4. Pour over freshly cooked pasta and toss well to coat.
  5. Serve immediately.

Cream Cheese Sauce

This cream cheese pasta sauce relies on butter to help thin the cream cheese a little. It makes a thinner sauce that has a very rich and decedent flavor, reminiscent of Crème Fraiche. In addition to work very well over chicken and broccoli ziti, try pouring this sauce on top of a good cut of steak bedded on top of white mashed sweet potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt the cream cheese and butter together in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir in the milk and heat through.
  3. Remove from heat and add the garlic, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour over freshly cooked pasta and toss well to coat.
  5. Serve immediately.

Cream Cheese Alfredo Sauce

Rich and creamy Alfredo sauce is the sinful topping that many of us enjoy over a plate of gnocchi or ravioli. Rather than starting with a roux and watching the stove intensely to prevent it from burning, try your hand at making this easy cream cheese-based version instead. While you learn how to make some effortlessly gourmet meals, this quick stand-in can be thrown together at the last moment to help elevate any dish into fine cuisine.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, salted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 ounces Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add the cream cheese and garlic powder. Once melted, whisk well to combine.
  3. Add the milk a little at a time while stirring constantly to avoid any lumps.
  4. Stir in the Parmesan and pepper.
  5. Continue to simmer over low heat, stirring constantly until the sauce begins to thicken.
  6. Remove from heat immediately; the sauce will continue to thicken slightly after it has been removed. Do not cool too long or it will become too thick. If this happens, thin it out slightly with more milk.
  7. Pour the sauce over freshly cooked pasta and toss well to coat.
  8. Serve immediately.

Tomato Cream Cheese Pasta Sauce

Get the best of both worlds with the creaminess of the cheese sauce and the tang of tomato in this recipe. A little more complicated than the other cream cheese recipes, the results of this tomato and cream cheese pasta sauce are so good, you’ll find yourself taking a wine pairing course just to figure out what to complement it with. Toss this sauce with any textured pasta, like penne, to help capture as much of the flavor as possible in each bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large shallot onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add the shallot and garlic and stir over high heat until fragrant.
  3. Reduce the heat and add the diced tomatoes and seasonings. Stir well to combine.
  4. Add the tomato paste and water and stir well.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and add the cream cheese and Parmesan.
  6. Continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and well combined and the sauce is creamy.
  7. Remove from heat and pour over freshly cooked pasta. Toss well to coat.
  8. Serve immediately.

Enjoy Good Food

Whether you are just learning how to cook, or you’re an accomplished chef just looking for a few fast and easy meal ideas, using cream cheese in your pasta sauce is a great way to go. Quick and simple, cream cheese also delivers a lot of flavor and full mouth feel with every bite you eat. Consider trying out any of these recipes and enjoy some good food perfect for every type of eater.