If you’re craving a bowl of creamy, comforting, luxurious pasta, you’re in the right place! There’s nothing we love more here, and these recipes showcase lots of different ways to make creamy pasta with or without dairy cream.
I love, love, LOVE creamy pasta recipes. They are unbeatable for cozy nights in on the couch and special occasions at the dinner table. The best part is, it is easy to make a delicious creamy pasta at home on a budget! You really don’t need a lot.
I have recipes here for classic creamy pasta sauces with dairy cream, as well as some which use mascarpone, some which rely on cooking water starch, and some which are entirely dairy free! So there is something here for everyone.
Epic Pasta Recipes with Cream:
Dairy cream is the obvious ticket to a decadent creamy pasta! All of these recipes call for dairy cream, usually in conjunction with cheese and/or butter.
A delicious and simple one pot pasta with a parma rosa sauce from scratch. This comes together quickly with fresh ingredients and minimal effort – the pasta cooks in the same pot as the sauce! Everyone loves a creamy tomato pasta sauce so this is an easy win for dinner time.
Creamy tomato spaghetti gets an incredible upgrade with the addition of crispy pan fried herby chickpeas! You'll love the contrast of the sweet cherry tomato cream sauce against the smoky, herby chickpeas in this vegetarian pasta dinner, a similar effect to toasted breadcrumbs but with protein!
This simple pasta dinner is creamy and nourishing, packed with hearty cavolo nero (aka Tuscan kale, black kale). Easy to make and adaptable, a bowl of cavolo nero pasta may become your favorite way to eat your greens.
The best creamy mushroom tortellini recipe for busy weeknights! Everything cooks in one pan for minimal washing up, while a few key ingredients transform this from basic to restaurant level. It's super flexible to fit what is in your fridge and can be made budget friendly too.
If you're wondering what to do with a block of truffle cheese, this pasta recipe might just be the answer. It's a restaurant quality meal made at home on a budget (if you have a source of inexpensive truffle cheese). This is totally adaptable to different types of cheese, different methods of adding truffle flavor, and different mix-ins… so it can be the perfect date night or dinner party recipe for you!
This recipe for yellow or golden tomato sauce is a must-have for your summer! It is easy to make, relatively quick to cook, chunky and rustic, bursting with basil, and absolutely delicious. Make it creamy or keep it more pure, the choice is yours. It's perfect as a spaghetti sauce or pasta sauce, or with any other meal where tomato sauce is needed!
A deliciously creamy tomato sauce with the addition of capers for extra depth of flavor! This vegetarian sauce is an umami lovers dream and comes together in just 30 minutes for an easy weeknight dinner.
A creamy and deliciously spiced vegetarian tortellini soup that you can make a meal out of! Cheese tortellini, fresh kale and hearty green lentils combine in a creamy, flavor-packed broth. Make it your own with the addition of your favorite toppings and add-ins.
Mascarpone is a superstar ingredient for macaroni and cheese, allowing you to make a lusciously thick and creamy sauce without a roux. This is the easiest one pot stovetop mac and cheese recipe I've ever made, and so tasty and adaptable.
Homemade roasted red pepper pesto is the star of the show in this creamy yet vibrant pasta dinner! It has a beautiful creamy texture and can be enjoyed plain or with added veggies or protein. This is the perfect thing to make with a surplus of sweet red peppers and will suit a variety of pasta shapes!
The starchiness from cooking pasta in it’s own sauce can give a very creamy result even if you aren’t adding any cream, just due to the starchiness. It’s a good call when you want the creamy vibes in a lighter way.
An easy one pot vegetarian pasta dinner that the whole family will love! The protein packed cheesy tomato lentil sauce is thick, creamy and comforting. There is minimal chopping, everything cooks in one pan, and it’s on the table in 20 minutes.
A cheesy no boil vegetarian pasta bake that the whole family will love! Tortiglioni pasta and lentils are baked in a creamy tomato and mozzarella sauce, then topped with a mixed herb crumb. No pre cooking required, everything cooks together in one dish for minimal effort and cleanup! This is a perfect vegetarian pasta dinner with added protein that everyone will be happy with.
An easy one pot pasta with fresh baby, cherry or grape tomatoes! Angel hair pasta is quick to cook, making it the perfect choice for a one pot pasta. It cooks in the tomato juices for amazing flavor. You'll love the simplicity of this recipe and the fact that it's endlessly customizable.
A quick and easy stovetop mac and cheese recipe, using blue brie (cambozola), which makes a creamy, deliciously flavorful sauce. This is a fantastic vegetarian recipe, just 20 minutes and 6 ingredients, and such a treat for fancy cheese lovers!
You can make amazing dairy free creamy pastas too, without using commercial cream replacements. My favorite approaches are cashew cream (for a more dairy-like imitation) and avocado (which is amazing for pestos and herby sauces).
A dreamy, creamy vegan mushroom pasta. You won't believe there is no dairy in this amazing cashew cream sauce which is packed with flavors and could rival any alfredo or carbonara sauce. This dish can be on the table in under 30 minutes so it's easy enough for a weeknight but special enough for date night.