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Best creamy pasta recipes

Pigs in blankets carbonara

Carbonara has to be the ultimate creamy pasta dish – made without any cream, of course. If, by some miracle, you have any pigs-in-blankets left over from your Christmas dinner, give them a new lease of life in this rich pasta recipe. Find out more ways to use up your Christmas leftovers.

A big stone serving bowl piled high with spaghetti and lots of parmesan

Pasta puttanesca

This one-pot puttanesca makes a really easy midweek meal for one. The pasta soaks up the flavours, and the starch makes the sauce rich and creamy.

One Pot Puttanesca Recipe

Cottage cheese spaghetti

Make a low-calorie, smooth and creamy pasta sauce in 15 minutes using just cottage cheese, milk, garlic granules and a little cornflour. There’s plenty more spaghetti recipes where that came from.

Cottage cheese al fredo

Creamy tomato gnocchi with yuzu kosho aubergines

Enjoy citrus and floral flavours in this yuzu kosho aubergine and gnocchi dish. The zesty Japanese condiment works well to complement the creamy tomato sauce.

Bowl of gnocchi with tomato sauce topped with aubergine

Chicken alfredo

Deliciously creamy pasta with golden chicken and a rich sauce spiked with a hint of garlic, this recipe is on the table in 20 minutes. Now discover more ways to cook with chicken.

Sliced chicken on creamy tagliatelle

Avocado fusilli pasta

Avocados make salad dressings and ice creams super creamy, so why not put them in a pasta sauce? It’s a great way of using up overly ripe avocados. Try more ways with avocado.

Avocado spinach fusilli

Butternut squash mac and cheese

For a pasta bake like no other, try this autumnal twist on macaroni cheese. It’s just as cheesy and creamy as the original. Try our vegan mac and cheese if you’re avoiding dairy.

A white baking dish filled with baked macaroni and a golden cheese topping

Linguine with prawn butter sauce

This quick and easy linguine with prawn butter sauce is creamy, rich and full of flavour. Ready in just 15 minutes this meal is a great dinner for two.

Linguine Pasta Recipe With Prawn Butter Sauce

Kale, ricotta and leek lasagne

Try a veggie alternative to this classic family dish. With layers of greens and fresh pesto, this kale, ricotta and leek lasagne is easy to whip up.

kale, ricotta and leek vegetarian lasagne

Vodka pasta

Vodka combines with tomato passata to create a silky sauce that clings well to pasta. Don’t worry, the alcohol evaporates during cooking!

plate of penne all vodka

Creamy butternut squash pasta

The flavour of this pasta dish far outweighs its simplicity. Just don’t rush the cooking and it will all pay off. Now try more vegetarian pasta recipes.

Bowl of spaghetti with butternut squash sauce next to bowl of oil and glass of water

Creamy pancetta and parmesan pasta

Creamy, comforting and easy to make, this simple one-pot pasta is a great weekend treat for the whole family. Next try one of our summer pasta recipes.

One Pot Pasta Recipe with Pancetta and Parmesan

Fettuccine alfredo

A quick and easy midweek pasta treat for four. Butter and parmesan are essential for fettuccine alfredo, so don’t skimp on them! See our range of vegetarian pasta recipes.

Two plates of Fettuccine Alfredo

Creamy salmon pasta

You can’t go wrong with salmon, pasta and a great big dollop of crème fraîche. Make our high-protein, low-salt midweek dinner in a matter of 20 minutes. Then try our healthy salmon pasta and smoked salmon pasta.

Creamy Salmon Pasta

One-pot four cheeses pasta

A winning weeknight dinner, Sabrina Fauda-Rôle’s one-pot dish features goat’s cheese, mascarpone, comté and blue cheese.

One-Pot Four Cheeses Pasta Recipe

Creamy sprouts and pancetta spaghetti

Pair earthy brussels sprouts with plenty of cream, pancetta, garlic, white wine and lemon for a genius spaghetti dinner for two. Now try more of our brussels sprouts recipes.

Sprouts Pancetta Creamy Spaghetti

One-pot creamy lemon and spinach ravioli

Ready in a flash, this creamy pasta one-pot uses shop-bought ravioli as a base for a nutritious vegetarian meal for two. Discover more one-pot recipes.

One-Pot Ravioli Recipe with Lemon and Spinach

Creamy tomato pasta bake

Check out our veggie pasta bake with juicy chopped tomatoes, nutty parmesan and creamy mozzarella. This simple recipe is ready in less than an hour, an easy midweek filler for all the family. Try more of our pasta bakes.

Baked tomato rigatoni in an oven dish with melted cheese on top

One-pot pasta with goat’s cheese and spinach

This pasta combines wilted spinach and soft goat’s cheese to create a creamy and rich dish. Garnish with extra parmesan and enjoy as a simple midweek meal. Try our creamy gnocchi with goat’s cheese salad.


Padella’s pici cacio e pepe

Three of the most comforting words you’ll read: pasta, butter, cheese. This classic Tuscan recipe for pici cacio e pepe comes from Borough Market’s Padella. Vegan’s don’t need to miss out on this creamy goodness, we have a plant-based cacio e pepe, too.

Pici cacio e pepe from Padella in London

Creamy crab and pea pasta

Ready in just 15 minutes! This easy-peasy crab spaghetti recipe makes a satisfying midweek meal. Love crab? Try more crab recipes here.

Bowl of creamy crab pasta with peas

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