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Baked Cream Cheese Pasta


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

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Description

Baked Cream Cheese Pasta is a creamier, more decadent version of the viral sensation, Baked Feta Pasta. Cream cheese and grape tomatoes are coated with olive oil. butter, fresh herbs and garlic and baked until golden brown and bubbly. Stir it all together with your favorite pasta and fresh basil for a pasta recipe that you won’t be able to resist!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 16 oz grape or roma tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 oz pasta, such as bowties, rotini, shells or any small-shaped pasta.
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Add the cream cheese to the bottom of a baking dish and pour the tomatoes in around it. Evenly season the cream cheese and tomatoes with the olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Add the tablespoons of butter in three different pads on top of the tomatoes.
  2. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until everything is bubbly and golden brown. Meanwhile, boil the pasta according to package instructions. Drain.
  3. Use a spoon to gently smoosh and stir the tomatoes and cream cheese together to create a sauce while it is hot. Add in the cooked pasta and fresh basil and stir to coat. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Any shape of small pasta can be used for this recipe.
  • Fresh tomatoes, thyme and basil make the biggest difference!
  • Customize this recipe by adding cooked chicken or shrimp on top for additional protein.
  • Leftovers of this pasta re-heat wonderfully. Perfect for lunch the next day!
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