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Cream Cheese Pasta Bake

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This Cream Cheese Pasta Bake is a spin-off of the Baked Feta Pasta that went viral on TikTok in early February 2021!

I am usually not one for trends or even trying out recipes seen on TikTok, but this one I had to try and make my own version.

I am a huge fan of feta cheese, I love it in salads and even on egg dishes too. But, my hubby isn’t too fond of feta so I made this pasta bake with cream cheese instead and it did not disappoint!

cherry tomatoes, onions, and cream cheese in a white casserole dish.
ingredients needed to make easy shell ground turkey pasta.

Ingredients you will need:

With just a few simple ingredients you’ll be able to whip up this delicious weeknight meal and I know you’ll be as obsessed with it as we are!

You can scroll down to the recipe card for the full list of ingredients and measurements.

  • Cherry Tomatoes: cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes work best for this recipe.
  • White onion: I love the flavor that onion adds to this dish. Yellow onion works fine, too!
  • Sun-dried tomatoes: adding spinach and sun-dried tomatoes gives this dish a Tuscan feel. I usually add in some of the oil from the jar that the sun-dried tomatoes are in, too, for a boost of flavor!
  • Olive oil: opt for a good quality olive oil. The olive oil coats all of the ingredients and helps prevent anything from sticking to the casserole dish.
  • Seasonings: garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Feel free to experiment with other seasonings, such as oregano, thyme, roasted garlic, etc.
  • Cream cheese: Full-fat cream cheese is what I use, but a reduced-fat cream cheese will do the job, too!
  • Fresh spinach: stir in the fresh spinach at the end. It will wilt right into the warm dish!
  • Basil: to garnish
  • Pasta: I used mini bow tie pasta noodles, but you can use any pasta shape you prefer! Pick your favorite shape and switch it up for fun!
an up close image of bow tie pasta in the cream cheese pasta bake.

Step by Step Directions

It’s really so EASY you guys. I could almost do it in my sleep! You can scroll down to the recipe card for the full recipe instructions.

Tips and FAQs

  • Add a protein! We love this with chicken or even chicken sausage. It would be delicious with shrimp, salmon, or tofu too!
  • Use your favorite pasta shape: Linguine, bow tie, penne, spaghetti, etc. The options are endless!
  • Add in more veggies: Mushrooms, bell peppers and asparagus are yummy options. Swap out the spinach with another green like kale!
  • Can I make it with another type of cheese? I haven’t tested this recipe with another type of cheese but of course feta cheese is an option and I bet Boursin would be really yummy.
cream cheese pasta with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil in a bowl.

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4.69 from 234 reviews

Cream Cheese Pasta Bake

Servings: 4 people
This Cream Cheese Pasta Bake is a simple recipe made by oven roasting a block of cream cheese with cherry tomatoes and a few other basic ingredients to create a creamy, flavorful sauce!

Ingredients

  • 20 oz. cherry tomatoes (2 pints)
  • 1/2 small white onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz. full-fat cream cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, gently torn
  • 8 oz. pasta of choice, cooked
  • basil (optional garnish)

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Pour the cherry tomatoes, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper into an oven-safe casserole dish. Stir to combine.
    20 oz. cherry tomatoes (2 pints), 1/2 small white onion, minced, 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, minced, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, to taste
  • Nestle the cream cheese in the center.
    8 oz. full-fat cream cheese
  • Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes. (Until the cheese is golden and looks like it's about to fall apart).
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta of choice according to package directions. Drain.
    8 oz. pasta of choice, cooked
  • Remove the casserole dish from the oven. Smash the tomatoes down using a spoon and stir the cream cheese until it creates a sauce.
  • Stir in the spinach until wilted, and then stir in cooked pasta. Taste and adjust, adding more salt or pepper as desired.
    2 cups fresh spinach, gently torn
  • Serve and garnish with basil. Enjoyyyy!!
    basil (optional garnish)

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Notes

  • Storage: Allow pasta dish to cool then transfer to an air tight container. Store in fridge for 3-4 days. 
  • Add a protein of choice to make this a more satisfying meal! Chicken, bacon, grilled shrimp, salmon, steak, tofu, etc. 
  • Use any pasta shape you prefer.
  • Make sure the sun dried tomatoes are mixed in the dish to prevent them from burning. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 580kcal (29%), Carbohydrates: 57g (19%), Protein: 14g (28%), Fat: 34g (52%), Saturated Fat: 13g (81%), Cholesterol: 62mg (21%), Sodium: 231mg (10%), Potassium: 870mg (25%), Fiber: 5g (21%), Sugar: 10g (11%), Vitamin C: 41mg (50%), Calcium: 131mg (13%), Iron: 4mg (22%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Mona Rocha

AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!!!! I doubled the recipe and tripled the spices ( I love lots of flavor) added deli chicken and fresh garlic bread and everyone loved it!!! THANK YOU!!

FlyingJewel

Delicious and so easy! I added shrimp and used angel hair pasta! Will make this a quick go to in my “what’s for dinner” book.

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Lisa Dooley

This was amazing. I almost forgot to take a picture before I was halfway done.

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Vic

I made mine with dairy free cream cheese and it was yummy! Added onion power, garlic powder and a bit of paprika too! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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susanna

This was amazing!! I made it in the crockpot and it turned out great!!! Thanks Tawnie..it’s gonna be a staple from here on it. So easy and tasty..
Susanna

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Dawn

Fabulous! Almost forgot to take a picture until we were all dished up. I added shredded chicken, but followed recipe exactly as posted. Can’t wait for the leftovers tomorrow. Will be making a very short reel with your tag – let me know if you want it to stay or removed.

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Jennifer Estes

Loved it! Delicious easy meal. Thank you!

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Jill

Omg this recipe is absolutely so delicious!! I’ve been following KrollsKorner on instagram for a while and this was my first recipe to try! This will absolutely be in my rotation! I added a little bit of the pasta water and some heavy cream to make the sauce go a little further and added some shaved Parmesan! So so good!!!!!

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Kellie

Delicious & too easy!

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Kimberley Arsenault

Omg! It is rare to find a recipe that is super delicious and with a low preparation time! A+

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Ashley

So good and flavorful! Loved how creamy it was from the cream cheese. Will definitely make this again! I’m always excited to add something new to the rotation of dinners we have! 🙂 Side note… I made as is but added a 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes for a little kick… I think I’ll add a teaspoon next time because it was so good!

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Last edited Posted: 4 months ago by Ashley