Creamy Spaghetti #onepotmeals

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Do you ever have those days when you think “I have to make dinner, again?” – that’s when I turn to One Pot Meals. Minimal effort, and minimal clean up afterwards. Sometimes, I just open up my fridge and see what I think I can put together. A sort of self-imposed Chopped Challenge! This go around I had somehow managed to have an abundance of cream cheese in my fridge because they had got stashed in the door. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with this Creamy Spaghetti.

Creamy Spaghetti

I know so many people think you can’t use regular dried pasta in a one pot meal. But you really can. And it, in fact, helps to thicken the resulting sauce by releasing starch into the liquid. This is why I do not use water in one pot meals, I like to use broth so that more flavor is infused. If you precook the pasta, it will become mush by the time the rest of the meal is ready.

When I use Italian sausage, I like to use half hot and half mild or sweet. It gives a great combination of spicy and sweetness to a dish. It also lets you have a little fun when you it each bite – will it be sweet or spicy. If you don’t want the extra heat, you can use all mild. If you want a little extra heat, go all hot! The real thing you need to do is make sure you get ground sausage without casings.

Creamy Spaghetti

You might be thinking cream cheese is an odd addition to this recipe, but it some how works. It’s mild flavor don’t take anything away from the red pepper flakes. But it gives so much creamy texture to the sauce. It will take a bit to mix it in thoroughly, but don’t give up. Do make sure to be gentle, so as not to break up the pasta too much.

Creamy Spaghetti

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Creamy Spaghetti

A perfect weeknight meal – sausage, pasta, creamy goodness all in a one pot wonder.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword cream cheese, Italian Sausage, one pot, Pasta, pasta dishes, Sausage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Italian Sausage
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • qt Chicken Broth
  • lb Spaghetti broken into quarters
  • 1 15oz can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese cut in quarters
  • 1 tsp Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients.
  • In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, add oil and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes then add sausage. Cook and crumble for 3 minutes. Add pasta, salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine. Add chicken broth and crushed tomatoes. Cover with lid, reduce heat to medium and let cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove lid and add cream cheese. Stir to combine. Cook for 5 minutes more, while stirring to combine cheese.
  • Serve in shallow pasta bowl with parsley as garnish.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

14 thoughts on “Creamy Spaghetti #onepotmeals

  1. Michele Morin – Warren, Maine – Michele Morin is a Bible teacher, writer, reader, and gardener committed to the truth that women can become confident Christ-followers and students of God's Word. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for thirty-plus years, and together they have four sons, three daughters-in-love, four grandchildren, and one lazy St. Bernard. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks, and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
    Michele Morin says:

    Such a yummy spin on an old faithful!

  2. LydiaF1963 – Maryland and Valladolid, Spain – Grandma 👵|Traveller✈|Reader📚|Knitter🐑| American in Spain🍷🍳|Blogger at Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen & Life Beyond the Kitchen
    LydiaF1963 says:

    Your creamy spaghetti looks delicious. And so easy to make, too. Perfect for a weeknight with a salad. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  3. I’ve never used cream cheese in pasta, and I’m excited to try this. I love one pot meals! I’ve featured this today at the TFT party. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      You can use whatever oil you typically use. I just have a personal preference for Avocado oil.

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      It’s in step 2, along with the seasonings.

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