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Yummy, cheesy, fatty goodness
Super tasty, fairly cheap, very easy dish that my friend taught me how to make. Beware though- this sucker is fattening! This is also easily doubled or tripled for lots of people. Serve it with a simple salad and, voila! Dinner is served :)

Posted by Hypergraphia from U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, United States • Published See Hypergraphia's 40 projects »
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  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather all of your ingredients.

    Start with the mozzarella cheese:
    I used Fresh and Easy Whole Milk Mozzarella. Personally, I like the consistency and texture of this mozzarella, but you can make it with wet, block, low fat, or shredded. Pretty much what ever you have on hand :)

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut it in half

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 3
    Step 3

    Roughly chop each half

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 4
    Step 4

    Grab your sauce. I use the Classico Four Cheese Alfredo, since its not very salty. Again, use what ever you have on hand :)

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 5
    Step 5

    Grab your Parmesan. I used Fresh and Easy Shredded Parmesan.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 6
    Step 6

    Dump your sauce into a sauce pan and add HALF of the mozzarella (save the other half for later)

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 7
    Step 7

    Add a generous pinch of Parmesan (or more, if you want the sauce to be very rich!)

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 8
    Step 8

    Turn on the heat, to medium.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 9
    Step 9

    Heat a pot of salted water.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 10
    Step 10

    While your waiting for both the sauce and the water to heat up, pull out your pan. I used a 9 X 13 glass dish, but I have made this with an 8 X 8.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 11
    Step 11

    Pasta! Again I used Fresh and Easy Bow Ties (if you can't tell, I made a trip to F&E and grabbed all of the ingredients there, LOL). This dish is really yummy with bow ties, spirals, or shells. Basically, any pasta that the sauce will "stick" to.

    Once the water comes to a boil, add the pasta.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 12
    Step 12

    So this was hard to get a picture of but... you want to stir the sauce a lot so that none of it settles to the bottom and starts to burn. The sauce will be done when it gets "stringy" (which I tried to capture in the picture). Basically, you want the mozzarella and Parmesan to be incorporated into the sauce. You can leave it "chunky" if you want, you'll just have big chunks of cheese (which doesn't sound too bad!)

    ***You can cook the pasta in advance, but the pasta and the sauce take about the same amount of time to cook. While your at the stove, why not kill two birds, eh?

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 13
    Step 13

    Keep an eye on the pasta at the same time, occasionally stirring. Cook until the pasta is al dente, or slightly under cooked. (If you cook it all the way through, thats fine. The pasta will be cooked again, in the oven. Keeping it al dente keeps the pasta from getting too soft)

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 14
    Step 14

    When the pasta is done, grab your colander

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 15
    Step 15

    Strain your pasta. DO NOT RINSE. Shake the excess water off the pasta.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 16
    Step 16

    Dump the pasta in your Pam'ed dish

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 17
    Step 17

    Pour the cheesy sauce over the pasta.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 18
    Step 18

    Scrape down the pot, getting all that cheesy goodness on there!

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 19
    Step 19

    Spread the sauce, covering the top. You can toss the pasta in the sauce, but its not necessary. The sauce filters down when you cook it.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 20
    Step 20

    Drop the other half of the mozzarella from earlier onto the sauced pasta. This doesn't have to be perfect, just space it out.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 21
    Step 21

    Sprinkle Parmesan onto the dish. Put on as much or as little as you want! I put on lots since Parmesan isn't tooo bad (>.<) as far as cheeses go.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 22
    Step 22

    This is what mine looked like pre-baked.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 23
    Step 23

    Put it in the oven. And importantly, do not preheat! Turn on the oven to 350 degrees and bake. Bake for around 10 minutes.

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 24
    Step 24

    This is about 8 minutes in :) mmmm bubbly and yummy looking!

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 25
    Step 25

    This is 10 minuted of baking. I do like mine to be a bit browner on top, but I needed to reheat it later for dinner, so I just cooked it a little :)

  • How to cook a cheese pasta dish. Cheesy Pasta Dish - Step 26
    Step 26

    Yumm, all done!

    This dish is also very tasty with veggies or shrimp. I don't eat land meats, but I'm sure chicken, pork, or even beef would be good too. Just add the veggie or protein when you mix the pasta, sauce, and cheese.

    Enjoy!

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Scrabulous Mcfee
Scrabulous Mcfee · Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA · 1 project
Looks sooo good!!!
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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
All that cheeze. *drools*

Love <3
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Sherlaine Y.
Sherlaine Y.
i absolutely loooooooooooooove CHEESE!!!
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*killercurls*
*killercurls* · London, GB · 10 projects
haha. land meat. i might use that. Happy
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Cutlows
Cutlows · Henderson, Nevada, US · 1 project
MMmm! I'm making a version right NOW! I might feel crummy today, but at least I'll have some DELICIOUS pasta!
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harrylaa
harrylaa · 20 projects
That looks delicious!
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