Rating: 3.5 stars
14 Ratings
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This quick and easy sauce makes for one of our favorite pasta recipes. This simple, creamy sauce is one that the whole family will agree on for any weeknight dinner. You can throw grilled chicken, shrimp, broccoli, asparagus, roasted peppers, sausage, or even mushrooms into the pasta to mix this recipe up a bit. 

Recipe by Cooking Light October 2001


Credit: Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

Recipe Summary

6 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half-and-half, cheese, salt, and pepper; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; add pasta, tossing gently to coat.

Chef's Notes

For a healthier dish, lower the fat in this classic pasta sauce by about 10 grams per serving by using half-and-half instead of whipping cream and decreasing the amount of butter and cheese ever so slightly. No one will know the difference, but your body will!

Nutrition Facts

427 calories; calories from fat 31%; fat 14.6g; saturated fat 7.8g; mono fat 4.2g; poly fat 1.3g; protein 17.2g; carbohydrates 56.5g; fiber 2.1g; cholesterol 105mg; iron 3.6mg; sodium 479mg; calcium 245mg.