cheesy pasta recipes

14 Cheesy Pasta Recipes That Will Have You Craving For Seconds

Cheesy pasta is a moment; there’s no denying that. This comfort food has an unapologetically generous cheese content and is also a great source of protein and calcium. The best part is the versatility this dish offers — take your pick from the various kinds of pasta and combine it with your favorite combination of cheeses!

To broaden your cheese and pasta horizons, here’s a list of ultra-creamy cheesy pasta recipes — they’re full of flavor, easy to make, rich, and so worth the indulgence!

#1. Cacio E Pepe Gnocchi

Simple and elegant, this pasta recipe offers an easy method to make stunning homemade gnocchi with just potatoes, your preferred seasonings, flour, and an egg! The sauce features a generous helping of butter mixed with pasta water, grated parmesan, and black pepper. Toss the gnocchi in this creamy sauce and garnish with more parmesan and black pepper to serve!

#2. Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Pasta

If you want an easy, tasty, and healthy recipe to cook on busy weeknights, this recipe is it! Made with chicken, broccoli (and other vegetables of your choosing), seasonings, and cheese, this pasta takes only 30 minutes to prepare, and it’s all done in one pot! It’s also freezer-friendly, so don’t hesitate to cook a bigger batch to enjoy later.

#3. Cheesy Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna

This recipe calls for layering noodles with a spinach-artichoke dip, chicken, and lots of cheese and topped with Alfredo sauce to create an absolute feast for the senses. You can keep this dish as mild or spicy as you want by monitoring the use of red pepper flakes. You can also make it ahead of time!

#4. Crab Mac and Cheese

If you like mac and cheese, you’re going to love this meaty spin on the classic. Make this cheesy delight with bacon, onion, butter, flour, milk, crab meat, different types of cheeses, cajun seasonings, and panko breadcrumbs. Use it as a side dish or as an entree to spruce up your dinner menu to the nines!

#5. Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

Brimming with flavor, this rich, filling pasta bake is made by smothering pasta in a creamy sauce made with white wine, garlic, and three types of cheeses — parmesan, cheddar, and mozzarella — as well as shredded chicken and baby chestnut mushrooms. Bake it to golden-brown perfection and garnish with chopped parsley to serve.

#6. Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

Sticking to the basics, this traditional mac n’ cheese recipe is super easy to make! Whip up a rich, creamy cheese sauce made with butter, flour, milk, spices, and cheese. Combine it with cooked pasta, alternate layers of this mixture with a sprinkle of shredded cheese, then bake to enjoy. Experiment with different topping options to find your holy grail!

#7. One-Pot Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta

Cream cheese and pumpkin puree make a stellar combination in this cheesy pasta recipe that serves to please! It’s a simple, one-pot meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes! Cook pasta noodles, pumpkin puree, vegetable broth, and seasonings together, then add butter and cream cheese and cook until perfectly creamy. Garnish with parsley and serve!

#8. Easy Lemon Ricotta Pasta & Spinach

This super delicious pasta recipe comes together in just 15 minutes! To make, cook pasta and spinach in the same pot, drain, and combine with creamy ricotta, parmesan, and some lemon juice and lemon zest to add some brightness. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon wedges, and freshly grated Parmesan to create a hearty meal.

#9. Million Dollar Spaghetti

Layers of noodles, a cheese mix including cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese, as well as a meat sauce made with crumbled ground beef, Italian sausage, seasonings, onions, garlic, and marinara sauce — this spaghetti casserole is simply divine! Top with cheese and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly to enjoy an ooey-gooey delight.

#10. Olive Garden Five Cheese Ziti al Forno (Copycat)

Fan of the delicious Ziti al Forno at Olive Garden? Why not try your hand recreating it at home? This recipe guides you to create the perfect copycat! A mixture of marinara and Alfredo sauce with 5 types of cheeses, topped with breadcrumbs, and baked to create a delightful dish, perfect for dinner, potluck, or any other special occasion.

#11. One-Pot Cheesy Chicken Lemon Pasta

It’s cheesy, it’s healthy, and it’s perfectly citrusy — this pasta recipe uses nutrient-dense spinach, lemon zest, lemon juice, seasonings, protein-rich chicken, and a blend of cream cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan to create a creamy meal that will appeal to even the pickiest eaters. Serve with a side of roasted tomatoes to make it filling and aesthetically appealing.

#12. One-Pot Pasta

One pot, a few simple ingredients, and 20 minutes are all you need to make this easy meal! This recipe is made with creamy goat cheese, meaty mushrooms, and juicy chicken. Yum! The noodles soak in all of the sauce’s exquisite flavors, resulting in a super creamy, filling pasta dish — a savior when you don’t want to slave over a hot stove!

#13. Salsa Verde Chicken Pasta

The good old cheesy, creamy pasta gets a smokey kick from chicken seasoned with salsa verde — a vibrant, healthy, and smoky cream sauce that keeps things extra spicy. The entire dish is cooked in just one skillet and is ready to eat in under 30 minutes! We know a crowd-pleaser when we see one!

#14. Three Cheese Manicotti

Loaded with three types of cheeses, this pasta recipe is the definition of comfort food. All you have to do is stuff the manicotti shells with a blend of ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese, nestle them in a bed of yummy spaghetti sauce, top them with mozzarella cheese, and then bake to create a divine dish!

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.