Creamy Italian Pasta Skillet

Garganelli pasta nestled in between creamy Parmesan sauce and tomato meat sauce.  Layers of melted mozzarella is all through this Creamy Italian Pasta Skillet!

Creamy Italian Pasta Skillet with SimplyGloria.com #PastaAre you a pasta lover?

I am so indecisive when it comes to pasta… and sauce, for that matter.

The decisions to make– cream or tomato sauce?

Swirly or straight pasta?

I know, it’s really hard in my little world.

This is why I LOVE to use both creamy and tomato sauces in this Creamy Italian Pasta Skillet creation.

Cream sauce AND tomato sauce WITH pasta AND lots of cheese– the best of the best!

This skillet meal is a breeze to make right on the stove top… ready for chow time in less than 30 minutes!  

While you are cooking your pasta (2 minutes less than the package instructions) in boiling salted water, start making the cream sauce in skillet on medium heat.  I used Garganelli pasta.  You may use Penne, Rigatoni, Rotini… it’s really endless!

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In the skillet, cream together butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, half & half cream, and seasonings to a simmer.  It will thicken up within a few minutes.  Sprinkle in some grated Parmesan cheese, and stir.  

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Now you’re ready to lay the drained pasta on top of the Parmesan cheese sauce.  No need to stir it together.  Besides, we have another sauce to add right up on top! 

Sprinkle on a layer of mozzarella cheese.

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This is a great way to use leftover spaghetti sauce, by the way.  It’s already precooked and saves you time!

Faster results when the tomato sauce is preheated when putting it on top of the pasta.  Because the cream sauce is already warm on the bottom of the pan.  So it only makes sense to have the tomato sauce already heated. 

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Sprinkle on MORE cheese and put a lid on top with it being on low heat.  If you are using an oven safe skillet, you may place it under the broiler to melt the cheese.

I know this picture below  isn’t very flattering, kind of messy and sloppy.  But this is what you’d find when you leave the room waiting for the cheese to melt…

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A starving teenager will dig right in!

I hope you enjoy this fast skillet meal as much as my family does!

Creamy Italian Pasta Skillet
Garganelli pasta nestled in between creamy Parmesan sauce and tomato meat sauce. Layers of melted mozzarella is all through this Creamy Italian Pasta Skillet!
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Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces dry pasta, I used Garganelli. Penne, Rigatoni, and Rotini is great, too.
  2. 4 ounces cream cheese
  3. 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  4. 1/4 cup half & half cream
  5. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  6. 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  7. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  9. salt & pepper, to taste
  10. 3 cups spaghetti sauce, your favorite kind.
  11. 3 cups grated mozzarella, divided
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add pasta to salted water and cook 2 minutes less than the directions on the pasta package. Drain when done.
  2. While pasta is cooking, start the cream sauce in a large skillet.
  3. In a heated skillet (on medium heat), cream together butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, half & half cream, and seasonings to a simmer. It will thicken up within a few minutes. Sprinkle in some grated Parmesan cheese, and stir.
  4. When the cream sauce has thickened up, lay the drained pasta on top of the Parmesan cream sauce. Do not stir together.
  5. Sprinkle on 1 and 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of the pasta.
  6. Put preheated spaghetti sauce on top of the cheese and pasta. (Faster results when the spaghetti sauce is preheated.)
  7. Sprinkle on the rest of the mozzarella cheese and put a lid on top with it being on low heat. If you are using an oven safe skillet, you may place it under the broiler to melt the cheese.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This is a great way to use leftover spaghetti sauce! It’s already precooked and saves you time!
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What is your favorite pasta dish to indulge in?

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Comments

  1. says

    My family sounds like yours! 1) the two sauces – that is a must around here (except for Luke who is an alfredo purist) and 2) diggin’ into the skillet meal like its the last meal on earth! I can’t blame them; cheesy, sauce pasta is where it is all at. Pinning this one- it looks perfect for our lunch meal rotation!
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  2. says

    Love, love, love! Gloria, this pasta skillet recipe of yours is pure genius. I love how you combined both a creamy-dreamy Parmesan white sauce and red tomato pasta sauce. I am so hungry for a pasta dish like this! Already pinned this morning when I spotted it at Pinterest! Cannot wait to make this. Hubby will love it, too. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. says

    We are HUGE pasta lovers in our family – my husband is a cream sauce fanatic while I love me some tomato sauce. Love love love that you mixed the two sauces together – now we don’t have to flip coins to see who gets their fave sauce any more – this looks amazing Gloria – pinning 🙂

  4. Lawren says

    How much butter goes into the cream sauce with the cream cheese? Salted or unsalted butter? I’m sure it is in the recipe and I’m overlooking it!

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