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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cheesy Pasta

This is my husbands favorite meal I make. I try not to make it too often because it is one of the most unhealthy meals I make... but it is SOOOO good that I still indulge once in awhile! We always serve this with a side salad and my Cheesy Rolls.

*1 Box Pasta (Penne or Rigatoni work best)
*3 T Butter
*2 T flour
*1 pint Heavy Cream
*2 string cheese sticks, pulled apart into tiny strings (or 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese)
*1/4 cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese (or Parmigiano-Reggiano)
*Seasonings (Italian, garlic and black pepper)
*1/2 cup of spaghetti marinara (I use Preggo Traditional)
(optional- 1 or 2 tsp of vodka)

1. In one pan, bring salted water to a rapid boil. Boil pasta till done.

2. While boiling the pasta, melt the butter in a pan on medium heat. Once melted, add the flour slowly. Wisk together till combined.

3. Slowly add the cream. Keep stirring and adding a little more at a time. Sauce should thicken in about 7 minutes. Add seasonings and cheese and keep stirring till well mixed. Add the red sauce and stir well. (If you want to add vodka- sometimes I do, sometimes I like it better with out... Depends on my mood :) - add that here as well.)

4. Once pasta is done, drain and put back into pan. Add the sauce directly to pasta. Stir together and serve immediately. Serve with extra fresh grated cheese and black pepper!


mix flour, butter and cream. Once thickened, add your cheese.

Mix in cheese and then add seasonings and red sauce.

Mix sauce in with cooked pasta.

It's Creamy. It's Cheesy. It's Scrumptious! 

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