Friday, April 3, 2020

10-MINUTE CREAM CHEESE PASTA



10-MINUTE CREAM CHEESE PASTA






Here I'm going to show you a secret tip for getting really creamy cream cheese pasta without the sauce drying out. With just 5 ingredients, this easy pasta dish is a total winner!

Ingredients
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) cream cheese
  • 1/2 lb (225 grams) pasta (spaghetti, penne, fusilli...)
  • 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
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp chili flakes, or according to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) grated parmesan, plus more to serve


Instructions
  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  2. Right before draining, reserve a cup of starchy pasta water.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 your cooking!