25 Minute Margherita Pasta (Lightened Up!)
    Servings Prep Time
    6-8 servings 13minutes
    Cook Time
    12minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    6-8 servings 13minutes
    Cook Time
    12minutes
    20 Minute LIGHTENED UP Margherita Pasta bursting with fresh tomatoes and basil in a garlic, mozzarella Parmesan sauce! your favorite Margherita pizza in creamy pasta form!
    Ingredients
    • 1lb spaghetti or pasta of choice
    • 2tablespoons olive oil
    • 2tablespoons butter
    • 1/4 onion, chopped
    • 6 Roma tomatoes, choppeddivided
    • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/4cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2cups low sodium chicken broth
    • 1 1/2cups milk
    • 2teaspoons chicken bouillon
    • 1teaspoon dried parsley
    • 1/2tsp EACH dried oregano, dried basil, salt
    • 1/4tsp EACH pepper, red pepper flakes
    • 1/2cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/2cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 2oz. cream cheese, softetned(I use 1/3 less fat)
    • 1/4cup loosely packed basil, chopped
    Garnish
    • freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • fresh basil, chiffonade
    Instructions
    1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions in generously salted water. Remove 1 cup pasta water before draining.
    2. Melt butter in olive oil over medium-low heat in a large skillet. Increase heat to medium and add onions and HALF of the tomatoes and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds. Sprinkle in flour and cook while stirring for 2 minutes (it will be thick).
    3. Turn heat to low then slowly whisk in chicken broth, then milk, stirring constantly until smooth. Turn heat to medium high and bring the sauce to a simmer. Stir in spices and continue to simmer until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
    4. Reduce heat to low and stir in Parmesan cheese until melted, followed by mozzarella cheese until melted, followed by cream cheese until melted.
    5. Stir in remaining tomatoes and fresh basil. Stir in pasta until well coated, adding additional reserved pasta water a little at a time if needed to reach desired consistency. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper and/or red pepper flakes to taste.
    6. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan Cheese and additional basil if desired.