These Are The Creamy Pasta Dishes You Should Make That Aren't Carbonara

Pasta carbonara is delicious, but not all white sauces are the same.

IMAGE Patrick Martires

We know it's delicious: Pasta carbonara has a cult following. But for anyone who is not on Team Carbonara when it comes to all things pasta, not all white-sauce pasta dishes need to be carbonara.

Here is a list of other pasta dishes that have creamy white sauces and are equally delicious: 

The creamy pasta sauce is flavored with cream, cheese, and chicken.
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1 Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe 


Chicken will always be a crowd favorite so this recipe builds upon that love and amps up the flavor with an extra creamy and cheesy sauce. The result is an indulgent and super flavorful sauce that coats the pasta and the chicken chunks. Best of all, alfredo pasta sauce is extremely versatile that it can be flavored in any number of ways.

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Creamy and cheesy, this pasta dish is fast, easy, and oh-so-tasty.

The pasta favorite gets a Mexican twist.

The flavor of the creamy sauce that coats these noodles is bolstered by squash, mushrooms, and bacon.
Photo by Patrick Martires

2 Mushroom "Bacon" Pasta Recipe


Bacon may be the irresistible ingredient in carbonara so it's not surprising to see it in other dishes without its usual pasta sauce. Here, it's not bacon that lends its delicious flavor to the sauce, but a faux bacon in the form of mushrooms. Mushrooms and even squash which gives these noodles its delightfully sunny hue combine to create a sauce that's creamy without being overly so.  

Enjoy your favorite creamy pasta sans the guilt!

Here are other recipes that use mushrooms to add delicious flavor to its pasta dish:   

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You can make this creamy and delicious pasta in a snap!

Try this easy pasta dish the next time you want to make a fuss-free dinner!

This cheesy pasta is made with four types of cheese.
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3 Four Cheese Pasta Recipe


When you're looking for a pasta dish that's creamy, cheese comes to mind quite easily. Cheese is the ultimate ingredient that not only makes pasta sauces creamy, it also adds an intense flavor, depending on which type of cheese you add in. For this cheese pasta, four different types of cheese are added: gorgonzola, mascarpone, blue cheese, and Parmesan. Each has its unique flavor and it is what makes this version of the creamy pasta delicious, unique, and quite irresistible. Choose your favorite cheese to add to your pasta!      

A simple, speedy pasta dish of four cheeses: gorgonzola, mascarpone, blue, and Parmesan.

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The simplest of ingredients take center stage in this easy pasta recipe.

For extra oomph, add garlic and mushrooms or mix in a variety of gorgonzola, fontina, or goat cheese.

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When you want a fast and easy yet creamy pasta, this is the recipe to make.

The creamy sauce that coats these pasta salad ingredients isn't made from cream.
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4 Chicken-Mushroom Pasta Salad Recipe


Cream isn't the only ingredient that can make pasta sauces creamy. In this instance, another dairy product may be used: yogurt. The result is a creamy, yet light and tangy sauce that is the perfect ingredient for transferring the flavors and making the ingredients of this pasta meld together into a refreshing and hearty salad. 

This pasta dish can be served as a side dish for grilled items.

This mac and cheese pasta is made even more delicious with the addition of crab.
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5 Crab Mac n' Cheese Pasta Recipe  


Macaroni and cheese may be the creamiest of pasta besides the carbonara. Unlike the carbonara, it relies solely on the cheese sauce to make it creamy and delectable. That may be why many versions use other ingredients to not only counteract the creaminess but also to enhance its flavor. Here, crab is the fresh taste that balances the creaminess of the cheese sauce. 

This mac and cheese recipe has a seafood favorite mixed into it: crab meat!

This is a grown-up version of classic macaroni and cheese.

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Nothing spells comfort food like mac n' cheese!

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Infinite pasta options await! Get started by mastering four versatile base sauces.


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