10 Rich & Creamy Pasta Recipes

updated May 1, 2019
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There are times when nothing other than a decadent, extra-creamy bowl of pasta will do. Maybe it’s a special occasion, or maybe it’s just a Monday. Whatever the case, these 10 recipes deliver — they’re rich, comforting, and oh-so-satisfying.

Bolster a tub of good ricotta with lots of lemon zest and Parm and the result is a quick cream sauce that’s sure to be a new favorite.

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A slew of chopped fresh tarragon adds just the right amount of freshness to balance the rich bacon and cream in this pasta.

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This twist on classic Alfredo gets a bolt of citrusy flavor from searing cut lemons in butter, where they caramelize and scent the butter with their oils before the juice is then squeezed in.

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This is the kind of mac and cheese you can serve at a dinner party: It’s extra decadent, thanks to cream cheese, Gouda, Gruyére, and Parm, and feels just fancy enough due to the combination of artichoke hearts and baby spinach.

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This one-pot wonder is perfectly creamy since the orzo cooks right in simmering milk, so the pasta releases some of it’s starch into the milk and the liquid evaporates into a rich sauce.

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Goat cheese becomes an instant cream sauce when it’s tossed with hot pasta and loosened with some of the pasta water — it also adds a nice tang to the situation.

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A generous splash of half-and-half and lots of nutty Pecorino cheese form a quick cream sauce for al dente linguine, sweet shrimp, and tender asparagus.

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It’s definitely worth seeking out Meyer lemons when making this pasta — they add a sweet, delicate floral note to the situation that really turns the recipe into a standout.

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Diced zucchini adds some texture to fettuccine Alfredo and adds just the right amount of green that makes it feels a touch more wholesome, yet no less luxe.

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A jar of roasted red peppers is an easy way to add new life to your usual Alfredo sauce. It brightens things up a bit and makes for a pretty pale red-hued sauce.