Ever meet someone who didn’t like cream cheese sauce? Me neither. (If you do, run away! Life is too short for that kind of negativity.) Sauces made with cream cheese are luscious. Velvety. Versatile. And if you’re a cooking newbie, you couldn’t ask for an easier starter sauce. Adding just a couple ingredients to the cream cheese base, from tomato sauce to chipotle peppers, can create an entirely different, ridiculously delicious new flavor—perfect for coating pasta or drizzling over seafood. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Tortellini in Creamy Rosé Sauce: Rosé sauce, also known in less-fancy circles as “creamy tomato sauce,” is a cinch to make when you have a secret ingredient on hand: jarred spaghetti sauce. No joke. Pour it into the milk-and-cream-cheese sauce base to turn the mixture a gorgeous burnt orange color and infuse delish tomato-and-herb flavor. Simple is best!
Shrimp & Chipotle Alfredo: In its simplest form, this Alfredo sauce is just milk, butter and PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. But when you add diced chipotles in adobo sauce and toss it over fettuccine and sautéed shrimp, you end up with a restaurant-quality dish that’s ready in just 30 minutes and wins rave reviews. Best part? The sauce clings to the noodles like. a. boss.
Angel Chicken: Hate standing and stirring at the stovetop? Then this cream cheese chicken sauce belongs in your life: It simmers away in your slow cooker, just waiting to be spooned over hot noodles. White wine (or broth), cream of mushroom soup and salad dressing round out this creamy sauce…and the flavor they provide is nothing short of ah-mazing.
Craving more creamy goodness? We’ve got you covered. Check out our collection of cream cheese sauces for extra inspiration.