I’ve been making spaghetti with cream cheese for my son since he was a toddler, and all these years later it’s still his favorite comfort food. So of course making a one pot spaghetti with cream cheese recipe he can easily make for himself when he goes off to college (entirely too soon) topped my mommy to do list – and here it is! 4 ingredients, one pot – no strainer needed – and it’s ready in 15 minutes.
I admit I’ve been skeptical about this one pot pasta craze because it seemed too easy. The idea of simply tossing a bunch of ingredients into a pot and having a delicious meal ready in a quick ten minutes had to be impossible. I mean, if pasta could be cooked with the water and sauce in one pot, no draining needed, I totally would have known, right?
Wrong! One pot pasta really is just one pot, and my total time investment was 15 minutes – this recipe is a keeper!
I’ve read the complaints about starchy, overcooked pasta using the one pot pasta method. This is neither. It tastes better because the pasta absorbs some of the sauce as it cooks, and the sauce is thickened by the starch the pasta releases.
You know how pasts dries out pretty quickly? I made this for dinner around 7, got all hangry again at midnight, decided to scarf down the 1/2 serving that had been left in the pot, on the stove, uncovered, and it was still lovely! It hadn’t dried out at all. This is one pot pasta covered in magic sauce!
The best news of all??? You don’t even have to believe me! It’s so quick and so simple that it really is risk free to try this recipe yourself! When you do, come back to this post and tell me about it – I want to hear from you!
Seriously, this couldn’t be easier! To make this right now, you’ll need 1 jar of tomato sauce, 4 ounces of cream cheese, 41/2 cups of water, and 1 pound of uncooked semolina pasta.
Step 1: Get a pot – mine is a 5 quart stock pot – and lightly coat the inside with cooking spray.
Step 2: Dump the pasta in the pot. I used spaghetti, but any semolina pasta will work.
Step 3: Pour the water in. It won’t cover the pasta, but that’s ok. In my pot, it looks like this:
Step 4: Pour a jar of sauce on top. It doesn’t have to be fancy! I used the Kroger store brand marinara for this recipe because it’s really good.
Step 5: Put the cream cheese on top of the sauce. 4 ounces is half of a regular box of cream cheese, so just cut one roughly in half – no measuring required.
Step 6: Grab a couple of pot holders, a long handled utensil, put the pot on the stove and turn the heat on high. Stir, stir, stir to keep the pasta from sticking! Wear those pot holders to keep the steam off your hands. This will be bubbling like crazy! Move the utensil across the bottom of the pot constantly and this will not stick. If you walk away to let this boil like regular pasta – just don’t. Learn from my mistakes! It looks like it’s never going to cook:
Step 7: And then it’s done. The pasta will go pretty quickly from stick straight to cooked, so once it starts to really bend around the utensil it’s close. Keep stirring until it looks like this:
Do a quick check to be sure it’s done done done – I like to grab a piece with a fork and bite into it to see – and when you’re happy with the texture, turn the heat off and take the pot off the hot burner. Keep stirring until it stops bubbling. The finished dish should look like this:
Yields 4 - 6 Servings
5 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
15 minTotal Time
1 pound uncooked spaghetti
1 24oz jar marinara sauce
4 ounces cream cheese
4 1/2 cups water
- Add all ingredients to a pot.
- Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Cook for ten minutes or until pasta is done, stirring frequently.
- And that’s it! Super easy!