WATCH: How To Make Creamy Cheese Pasta
When you want a fast and easy yet creamy pasta, this is the recipe to make.
Weeknight dinners don't get faster than this! Cook the pasta and while it does, you can make this creamy sauce. Sprinkle with black pepper before serving for a savory and luscious pasta dish that's like the grown-up sophisticated version of the macaroni and cheese.
Creamy Cheese Pasta
Takes 15 minutes
Makes 4 servings
400 grams penne rigati (ziti) pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups fresh milk
1 cup quick-melting cheese, grated
1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
In a large pot, bring about 2 liters of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 minutes. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup pasta cooking water, and set aside. Keep warm.
Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt butter. Sprinkle in flour, and stir to mix into the butter. Cook for 1 minute. Using a whisk, gradually pour in milk, stirring to prevent lumps. Bring to a boil.
Once mixture comes to a boil, add cheese and mustard. Stir to mix, letting the heat of the mixture melt the cheese. Add cooked pasta. Stir to mix. Add pasta water as needed to thin down the mixture if too thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon onto plates and top each with freshly ground pepper. Serve while hot.