I’ve been wanting to make a variation of this recipe for months now, and I finally set out to create my version this week. I have seen pre-shredded packs of the 4-Cheese Italian blend before, in fact I used it in these Italian Chicken Quesadillas. But twice I searched my local grocery store for this blend and came up empty handed. Plus, cooking with pre-packaged cheese isn’t my favorite thing because I’ve found that more often than not it just doesn’t melt as well as freshly shredded cheese.
So the other day I was craving this creamy four cheese spaghetti and decided I was going to pull it together with whatever was in my fridge. Which happened to be Romano, Parmesan, Mozzarella and cream cheese. Close enough for me!
WHAT KIND OF CHEESE DO YOU PUT ON SPAGHETTI?
There are several different cheeses that pair well with spaghetti. Parmesan is the first that comes to mind of course, but also Romano, Mozzarella, Fontina or Ricotta are some favorites.
HOW TO MAKE CREAMY FOUR CHEESE SPAGHETTI
Start by boiling some spaghetti in a large pot of salted water until it’s al dente. Or if you’re my kids throw it against the wall and it it sticks, it’s good.
The cream sauce for this recipe comes together quickly, so it’s best to start it when the spaghetti is about halfway finished. Melt some butter and olive oil together then add a whole lot of garlic, because, well, garlic. You can smash your garlic or you can take the easy route like I do and use jarred minced garlic.
That will take a few minutes and by the time the garlic is smelling awesome that pasta should be finished and ready to add to the garlic and butter. Add some of the starchy pasta water too, and heavy cream and cream cheese. Let it bubble and add the other cheeses.
Keep cooking and stirring and stirring and cooking until that sauce is thick and smooth and creamy and coats the pasta.
The whole process takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, and then you have this delicious pan of yummy, creamy, cheesy pasta goodness…are you drooling yet? It makes about 2-3 servings as a meal, or 4-5 if you add chicken or serve it as a side dish.
Boil salted water in a 3-quart pot. Add spaghetti and cook for about 7-8 minutes, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
In a 10-12 inch saute pan, melt butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and stir, cooking for about a minute.
Add spaghetti, 1 cup of pasta water, cream cheese and heavy cream to the skillet. Bring to a boil and add shredded cheeses. Stir constantly until cheeses are melted and pasta is completely coated; about a minute. Reduce heat and continue to cook and stir until sauce is thickened and reduced; about 1-2 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
Serve hot, and garnish with more fresh parsley and some fresh grated Parmesan, if desired.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.