15+ Dreamy Creamy Pasta Recipes

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Wondering what’s for dinner tonight? Here is a selection of crazy delicious creamy pasta recipes that are easy, economical, and ready in no time.

They’re pure comfort in a bowl, sure to become new family-favorite meals.

It’s hard to resist a bowl of cozy, intensely flavourful, luscious pasta. It’s so comforting, perfect to satisfy any carb craving, and definitely a huge crowd pleaser for the entire family.

In case you missed them, today I’ve rounded up all my creamy pasta recipes for you to fuel your weeks ahead.

They are all fuss-free recipes that you can whip up in less than 20 minutes using inexpensive staple ingredients. They are simply amazing for busy weeknights.

Simple yet indulgent pasta dishes that are filling and satisfying enough to please the whole family, kids and adults alike.

Scroll through to check out my popular cream cheese pasta, lemon ricotta pasta, tomato spinach pasta and more incredible recipes.

Grab your apron and pan, try them tonight, and see for yourself!

Enjoy. x

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15+ Dreamy Creamy Pasta Recipes

Wondering what's for dinner tonight? Here is a selection of crazy delicious creamy pasta recipes like this simple creamy pesto pasta sure to leave everyone licking their plates clean. And it's ready in 15 minutes.
Pesto recipe makes ½ cup enough for the pasta.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Creamy pesto pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 442kcal
Author: Katia



  • 8 oz (225 grams) Linguine or spaghetti (or your fav pasta shapes)

Homemade Basil Pesto (or ½ cup of store-bought)

  • 1 ½ cup (40 grams) basil leaves
  • ¼ cup (20 grams) grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts (or ¼ cup cashews)*
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil

Cream Cheese pesto

  • ½ cup (120 grams) pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • ½ cup (100 grams) soft cream cheese
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) pasta water, plus more if needed



  • Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook pasta per packet instructions.
  • When the pasta is nearly done reserve ½ cup of pasta cooking water (you need it for the sauce), and stop cooking and drain the pasta.


  • To save time, while the pasta is cooking, make the pesto: place all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped.
  • With the motor running, slowly pour the oil in through the feeder tube. Blitz until smooth (or to desired consistency), adding a touch of extra oil or water if it helps to blitz.

Creamy pesto pasta sauce

  • Place cream cheese, pesto and ¼ cup of pasta cooking water in a large bowl (save the rest of the water in case you need it later). Stir until creamy and smooth.
  • Drain the pasta and add it to the bowl and toss everything together until well combined and the pasta well coated and creamy. Add an extra touch of the reserved pasta water if needed.
  • Serve immediately while it's still hot with extra grated parmesan cheese and a few toasted pine nuts on top if you wish. Enjoy!


Pine nuts: just preheat a small skillet over medium heat, add pine nuts and toast until light brown, it takes about 3 minutes. Immediately remove them from the skillet. Alternatively, you can use less expensive cashews intead (either toasted or untoasted).
Storage: you can store this creamy pesto pasta leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up 2 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stove adding a touch of water if needed. The color will eventually get dull, but the flavor will be still nice. 
Nutrition facts: the nutrition values are for one serving and they are based on an online nutrition calculator. It’s an estimate only and it should not be considered as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice (extra parmesan cheese for serving is not included). Please see my disclosure policies.


Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 907IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg

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