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Quick Creamy Italian Style Pasta

Quick creamy Italian pasta

Last week, I shared a post of a favourite quick meal of mine. Smoked Salmon Pasta that only takes 20 minutes to get on the table. I think the flavours are brilliant. Although on the other hand, my hubby doesn’t like some of the ingredients that go into that one. So here’s one for him. I’ve made this one with ingredients he loves, but I’ve used the same method.

Ingredients for my Quick Italian Style Creamy Pasta

  • Dry pasta – use what you like really but here’s what you should know. Experts tell me (Italian chefs I’ve worked with and Nonas ?) A basic rule of thumb.
    • Large thick pasta stands = thick chunky sauces,
    • Thin fine pasta = thin oily or creamy sauces.
    • At the end of the day it’s up to you (and what you have in your pantry). I like to keep a box of rigatoni in the pantry, as it seems to be an allrounder for us.
  • Cream cheese – I used Philadephia cream cheese again here, but any cream cheese will be fine. You can also do a 50/50 or thereabouts of a cream cheese and say goats cheese or blue cheese. I love Chris’ Heritage Goat Cheese & Black Truffle Dip and have used a dollop of that on occasion too.
  • Italian herb blend – I used mine here, but a shop bought one is ok too. *see tips for my herb blend recipe
  • Freshly cracked black pepper – Fresh is best, trust me.
  • Sliced olives – These pack a flavour punch, and you can leave them whole or chop them. Heck if you don’t like them leave them out as well.
  • Roasted capsicum – Can be purchased from the deli or in jars in the grocery isle in your supermarket. Of course you can make your own, but it wouldnt be as quick and easy then. Mind you it’s not hard to do if you have an air fryer, gas hob or BBQ. 😉
  • Cured meat – Adds big flavours. You can use what ever you like or have on hand. I often add a mix to use up with whatever I have in my fridge. In the images I’ve shared in this post I’ve added some chopped salami and sliced prosciutto.
  • Grated parmesan or pecorino – I used pecorino. Use as much of this as you like. I like a lot 😉
  • Add a bit of green, with some freshly chopped parsley.
  • Sprinkle of cayenne pepper – This totally up to you, but if you like a bit of heat keep some cayenne on hand.
White bowl with creamy Italian Style Pasta.

Easy steps to follow for making this Quick Creamy Italian Pasta

  1. Get the pasta water boiling, then add the pasta.
  2. While the pasta is boiling chop and prep your ingredients. One bowl with cream cheese and herb mix coming to room temp, and the remaining ingredients chopped and ready to go.
  3. Once the pasta is ready, add around 100 – 150ml of boiling pasta water to the cream cheese and mix well to combine.
  4. Drain the pasta and place back into the pot.
  5. Add the cream cheese sauce and other ingredients, fold through and serve.
  6. Add a pile of grated cheese.

Smoked Salmon Pasta same method

Want to go back and see the smoked salmon recipe there’s a video for that one, that might help with this easy method.

Classes if you are local (Melbourne) or Zooms from anywhere 🙂

Simple step images for a quick dinner

Sauce for creamy italian pasta.
Chopped ingredients ready to add to the creamy sauce.
Creamy Pasta ingredients all in one bowl ready to fold through.
White bowl with creamy Italian Style Pasta

Quick Creamy Italian Style Pasta

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This is a 20 minute meal I think most of you will love. It's super quick and easy, I think even most kids will eat it.
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Very easy
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Method Conventional


  • Pot for water and a few bowls for the sauce ingredients


  • 200 g pasta or 80 to 100g dry pasta per person.
  • 125 g cream cheese I used Philadephia cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb blend I used mine here but a shop bought one is ok too. *see tips for my herb blend recipe
  • 1 pinch freshly cracked black pepper
  • 6 olives sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon roasted capsicum
  • 100 g cured meat Prosciutto, salami or anything like that. I used a mix to use up what I had on hand.
  • ½ cup grated parmesan or pecorino I used pecorino use as much of this as you like. 😉
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley Freshly chopped.
  • 1 Sprinkle of cayenne pepper optional (I do love a bit of heat)


  • Get the water on for your Pasta, and while it is coming to the boil add salt and continue on with the preparation of the sauce.
  • Grate your cheese and set aside.
  • Add the cream cheese to a bowl, break up with a fork and set it a side to come to room temp while the pasta is cooking.
  • Once the water is boiling add the pasta and allow it to come back to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook according to the time stated on the pack. *see tips When it’s almost al dente remove around 150ml of the pasta water and mix it in with the cream cheese and stir to loosen it up.
  • Add the herbs, cracked pepper, olives, capsium, cured meat to the cream cheese, mix well to combine.?
  • Drain the pasta, fold the sauce through the pasta, Plate up and sprinkle over some extra grated cheese if you wish. Sprinkle with parsley and a touch of cayenne if you like some heat.


  • You should always check the pasta pack for cooking instructions. It will depend on how thick your pasta is to the amount of time it takes.
  • Make sure you have all your ingredients ready before you drain the boiling water from your pasta.  If you take too long folding everything into your pasta, you run the risk of your pasta cooling too much. Nobody likes a cold dinner. ?  You have loads of time while the pasta is cooking to prep everything. 
  • Add enough pasta water to your cream cheese to create the sauce texture you want.
  • Depending on what sort of cured meat you’ve chosen, you might want to add more or less?  
  • You can get the olives and the roasted capsicums from the deli; I get the girl to weigh them into one container and give me a label for each to pay.  Or, you can get these in smallish jars from the grocery isles. 
  • If you love Italian food and Love big flavours, check out our course called “Italian Dinner Party”.

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