Cream cheese pasta sauce tastes like a classic, rich, and creamy white sauce but is effortless to make!

Whisks down, this is the easiest pasta sauce recipe ever!  This easy sauce is made super easy with cream cheese, garlic, broth and seasonings with lots of melty parmesan cheese! And it’s just the right sauce for any shape of pasta!

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Easy Cheesy Pasta Sauce

  • Make this velvety cheesy pasta sauce without flour or white wine—or any complicated steps!
  • It’s ready to serve in just 20 minutes!
  • A definite go-to sauce for any kind of pasta, but also a light sauce for proteins like chicken, pork, salmon, shrimp, or crab.
  • Serve this multi-purpose cheesy pasta sauce as a dip for veggies, crackers, or breadsticks!
  • Serving over pasta? Check out this guide on how to get perfect pasta every time!

What’s in Cream Cheese Pasta Sauce?

CREAM CHEESE Everyone will want to know the secret to this restaurant-level sauce that uses Philadelphia cream cheese in that iconic blue and grey box!

FLAVORS Some seasonings like basil and onion powder, a little garlic, and parmesan cheese give this sauce its light consistency and mild but savory flavor.

CHICKEN BROTH Feel free to use a carton or make Instant Pot Chicken Broth for use in so many recipes. Homemade chicken brother can be frozen in ice cubes to be defrosted as needed.

VARIATIONS Amp up the add-ins by mixing in sauteed sliced mushrooms, diced tomatoes, chopped spinach or kale, spring peas, or sliced brussels sprouts!

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How to Make Cream Cheese Pasta Sauce

It doesn’t get any easier than this:

  1. Cook pasta as directed.
  2. Sauté garlic & seasonings (per recipe below), then stir in everything but parmesan cheese.
  3. Remove from heat & stir in cheese.

Tips for Perfect Pasta Sauce

  • The key to a great sauce is making it super smooth! Make a thicker cheesy pasta sauce by stirring in heavy cream or sour cream, or make it thinner by stirring in some milk. Avoid using water as it will dilute the flavor.
  • To speed up the cooking process and get a smooth sauce faster, set the cream cheese out about 30 minutes before using it.

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How to Store

Keep leftover cream cheese pasta sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 5 days. Freeze portions in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside for up to 4 weeks. To add a creamy, cheesy flavor to mashed potatoes or soups, freeze cream cheese sauce in ice cube trays and pop one or two as needed!

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Cream Cheese Pasta Sauce

Cream Cheese Pasta Sauce is super easy to make with simple ingredients. It's creamy, cheesy, & perfect served over pasta!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients  

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • cup chicken broth or as needed
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • pasta for serving

Instructions 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • While pasta is boiling, cook garlic in butter in a saucepan over medium heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add dried basil and onion powder. Whisk in cream cheese until melted and smooth.
  • Add chicken broth a little bit at a time and simmer 3-4 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese. Season with salt & pepper to taste and serve over pasta.

Notes

Leftover sauce can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
Freeze in a ziptop bag for up to 4 weeks. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 252 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Pasta, Sauce
Cuisine American

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    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Mindy, but I think lemon would be a delicious addition! If you try it, I would love to hear how it turns out!

  1. I use more broth and butter than required because if not it is very very thick and not Alfredo like. Only about 1/3 to 2/3 cup more broth. I love this recipe. Homemade stock is great in this. I used crushed garlic and sauté that in the butter until it changes color, but don’t let it get dark. I also substituted Romano cheese for Parmesan and couldn’t tell the difference.5 stars

  2. Certainly quick, easy and very tasty. I added shrimp to the butter and seasonings before adding the cream cheese.5 stars

  3. Hey Easy to Follow recipe, plus delicious. My husband and I are Seniors, and I’ve been the main cook for 56 years, we now share duties (I drop things in wrong places). He cooked this himself served it over Fettuccini noodles, topped it with shrimp, chopped parsley, and grated Romano cheese, and served me! Wow.5 stars

  4. This was really good! I wanted to serve it with chicken, yet keep it quick & easy. I ended up making a basic broiled chicken breast. I sliced the chicken breast and placed it on top of the pasta dish. The combination turned out great!!!5 stars

    1. Hi Patricia, depending on how saucy you like your pasta this recipe should be enough for approximately a pound of pasta.