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Quick Cream Cheese Spaghetti

This quick and easy Cream Cheese Spaghetti is a comforting pasta dinner that the whole family will love! It’s cheesy, creamy and downright delicious.

close up shot of creamy spaghetti

A Quick and Easy Pasta Dinner Idea

Meet my mom’s quick-fix spaghetti dinner! This cream cheese spaghetti dish is an easy pasta recipe that never gets old. Kids love it, adults love it, and it tastes great with added vegetables or meat. It’s the perfect inexpensive meal to add to your weekly dinner rotation.

You only need 7 ingredients to make this pasta dish, and it’ll be on the table in 15 minutes. This is my go-to dinner on busy weeknights when we need a little comfort food, but fast. Every bite of this cheesy pasta is guaranteed to lift your mood.

top shot of cream cheese spaghetti in a white pot

Recipe Ingredients

  • Spaghetti
  • Olive Oil
  • Minced Garlic
  • Cream Cheese: Cut your cream cheese into cubes to it’s easier to make the sauce.
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Water
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Fresh Parsley: If desired, garnish your spaghetti with parsley and cracked black pepper.

Why Use Cream Cheese in Pasta?

Believe it or not, cream cheese is an amazing ingredient to add to your pasta. When it’s mixed with garlic, parmesan cheese and a dash of salt and pepper, it makes the creamiest cheese sauce ever! And, it tastes like Alfredo sauce.

If you have kids who love pasta but don’t like tomato sauce, this simple cream cheese spaghetti is a great alternative.

whisking cream cheese sauce in a black skillet

How to Make Cream Cheese Pasta

  1. Cook Spaghetti: Cook the spaghetti according to the directions on the package. Do not drain it yet.
  2. Heat Oil: In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat.
  3. Add Garlic: Add garlic to the oil and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Do not burn the garlic.
  4. Add Cream Cheese: Increase heat to medium-high; add cream cheese to the skillet and ½ cup of the cooking pasta water.
  5. Whisk: Whisk the cream cheese and water until well combined.
  6. Add Cheese & Seasonings: Whisk in the parmesan cheese; taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly. I almost always add very little salt because the parmesan is salty enough for me. Also, if needed, add more water to reach your desired sauce consistency.
  7. Drain Spaghetti: Drain your spaghetti and then return it back to the cooking pot.
  8. Add Sauce: Add the cream cheese sauce to the spaghetti; stir until combined.
  9. Garnish & Serve: Garnish with a crack of black pepper and chopped parsley, if desired.
white dutch oven with spaghetti and white cream sauce on top

Tips for Perfectly Creamy Pasta

  • Watch the Garlic: Your garlic should only take about 30 seconds to sauté. Watch it closely to make sure it doesn’t burn. Add the cream cheese and pasta water once the garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Adjust Sauce to Taste: Taste your cream cheese sauce and add salt and pepper until you’re satisfied with the flavor. Add more pasta water as needed if you want a thinner sauce.
  • Use Pasta Water: Make sure you use the pasta water to make your sauce instead of just regular water. This will give your sauce the best flavor and help it stick to the spaghetti.
  • Cut Cream Cheese into Cubes: If you cut your cream cheese into smaller pieces, you’ll have an easier time incorporating it into the sauce.

Serving Suggestions

  • Add Meat: This pasta would taste great with Swedish meatballs or grilled shrimp!
  • Add Veggies: Get your kids pumped about eating their veggies by making this cheesy pasta with broccoli or asparagus.
  • Serve with Garlic Bread: Everyone loves pasta and garlic bread. Make your dinner even more delicious by serving your spaghetti with my Easy Garlic Bread Bruschetta.
  • Top with Crumbled Bacon: Top your cream cheese pasta with some crispy bacon bits to add a savory crunch.
cooked spaghetti in a white dutch oven

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Store leftover spaghetti in an airtight container in the fridge. It will stay good for 2-3 days.
  • When you reheat your pasta, I recommend adding a little bit of water to keep the sauce nice and creamy.
  • You can reheat your cream cheese spaghetti on the stove or in the microwave.
top shot of cream cheese spaghetti in a white pot
Print Recipe
5 from 6 votes

Quick Cream Cheese Spaghetti

This quick and easy Cream Cheese Spaghetti is a comforting pasta dinner that the whole family will love! It's cheesy, creamy, and downright delicious.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese pasta, cream cheese pasta sauce, cream cheese sauce, creamy pasta recipes, creamy pasta sauce, pasta cream sauce
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Katerina

Equipment

  • Stove

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dry spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature, cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • cup cooking water, plus more if needed
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, red pepper flakes, and/or chopped fresh parsley, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Cook spaghetti according to the directions on the package. Do not drain it yet.
  • In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat.
  • Add garlic to the oil and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Do not burn the garlic.
  • Increase heat to medium-high; add cream cheese to the skillet and ⅔ cup of the cooking pasta water.
  • Whisk the cream cheese and water until well combined.
  • Whisk in the parmesan cheese; taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly.
    If needed, add more water to reach desired sauce consistency.
  • Drain the spaghetti and return the spaghetti back to the cooking pot.
  • Add the cream cheese sauce to the spaghetti; stir until combined.
  • Garnish with a crack of black pepper , red pepper flakes, and/or chopped parsley.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 544IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg

14 Comments

  • Sara Welch
    September 2, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    5 stars
    This was perfect for my picky eaters! Easy, delicious and kid friendly; yum!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 4, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      SO good to hear! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Amanda
    September 3, 2020 at 12:11 am

    5 stars
    I highly recommend this spaghetti to everyone! It’s a huge hit!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 4, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Amanda!! I am SO happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Beth
    September 3, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    5 stars
    This was a bit hit here at the house! I think my son ate the majority of it! He loved this recipe!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 4, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      That’s great! I am so happy you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Toni
    September 3, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    5 stars
    This quickly become a favorite at my house!! It was so good!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 4, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      That’s great! I’m happy you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Catalina
    September 4, 2020 at 6:11 am

    5 stars
    Pasta is always a favorite in our house! This is a must try dinner recipe!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 4, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Kevin
    September 4, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! This is a killer recipe! Going to be making it often!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 6, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      Thank you so much!! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Chele
    September 7, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Do you think that I could substitute neufchatel cheese for the cream cheese? That’s what I have on hand.

    Reply
    • Katerina
      September 7, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      Hi!
      Yes, you can definitely use Neufchatel.

      Reply

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