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Easy Cheesy Pasta

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This cheesy pasta combines an indulgent and silky 3-cheese sauce with rich garlic and oregano. It’s also super simple to pull together!

The default recipe serves 2.


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 170g / 6 oz spaghetti, or pasta of your choosing (see note 1)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 40g mild cheddar, grated (see note 2)
  • 30g parmesan, grated
  • 40g gruyère cheese, grated
  • 60ml / 1/4 cup single / whipping cream
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or mixed herbs
  • few pieces of chopped fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta in well-salted boiling water for a minute less than the package instructions. Drain and retain the water as you’ll use it later (see note 3).
  2. Add the olive oil to a large pan over medium-high heat. Saute the garlic until golden and then add the pasta.
  3. Add the cheese to the pan along with the cream and a splash of the pasta water. Stir everything together until the cheese has melted into a sauce. Add more pasta water, a little at a time, until you have the consistency you want.
  4. Spoon onto plates and then scatter with the chopped parsley if using.


  1. You can use any kind of pasta that you want. I typically use spaghetti or linguine because the sauce literally clings to the individual pasta strands. You can alternatively use a variety that will trap the sauce in grooves or holes (such as fusilli or rigatoni).
  2. You can swap any of the cheeses for any meltable cheese you prefer.
  3. Make sure to retain and use the pasta water as the starch it contains will help the sauce to stick together and become silky.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Hob / Stove
  • Cuisine: Pasta


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 550
  • Fat: 21g
  • Carbohydrates: 62g
  • Protein: 25g

Keywords: pasta, cheese, parmesan, gruyere, cheddar, comforting, indulgent, vegetarian