The cream cheese sauce is embarrassingly smooth to make, but it turns your plain pasta dish into something top.

Mix garlic-infused olive oil, creamy cheese, savory parmesan, and delicious spaghetti. Then add freshly ground pepper or an amazing pinch of chili flakes, and a further drizzle of olive oil to enhance the taste!

This changed into one of my pass-to recipes once I changed into at uni, and it changed into so popular with my flatmates!

Cream Cheese Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb (225 grams) pasta (spaghetti, penne, fusilli…)
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) cream cheese*
  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) grated parmesan, plus more to serve
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more to serve
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) cooking water, plus more if needed
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp chili flakes, or according to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  • Right before draining, reserve a cup of starchy pasta water.
  • In meanwhile, in a large skillet warm 1 Tbsp of olive oil and gently fry the garlic (plus a good pinch of chili flakes if you like) for 2-3 minutes. Use a low flame, do not let the garlic burn.
  • Then stir the cream cheese and about 1/2 cup of starchy pasta water. Stir to combine oil, cream cheese, water and create a nice and creamy emulsion. Your pasta sauce is ready.
  • Drain and add your pasta to the skillet. Stir well to evenly coat the pasta in the sauce, add parmesan and more cooking water as needed for a smooth and creamy consistency.
  • Serve immediately with a drizzle of good olive oil or extra virgin olive oil, freshly grated parmesan, and freshly ground black pepper (if you don’t use chili flakes). Enjoy!

 

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