15-minute spaghetti with cream cheese topping

My younger daughter, Alex, had been hankering for pasta for weeks so when she suddenly sent a text message yesterday saying she was arriving home in three hours or so, I decided I would cook some spaghetti for her. For those of you who are new here, my daughters are in college and they are only home on weekends. Alex doesn’t have classes on Fridays for this term and, often, she doesn’t wait for the Friday night pick-up but takes a train after her Thursday classes.

spaghetti with bacon and cream cheese topping

Yesterday, since I still had three hours or so, I thought I could do a little work first. One thing led to another, in short I got too engrossed with the writing and, the next time I noticed the clock on top of my iMac’s monitor, it was after 12.30 p.m., a mere 20 minutes before Alex’s expected time of arrival. To make a long story short, I scrambled and made it in the nick of time. I was pouring the topping over the spaghetti when Alex stepped through the front door. I asked her to indulge me for a minute while I took one last photo.

Minus the time for taking photos, this pasta dish was cooked in just under 15 minutes. Truly.

Ingredients

  • enough pasta for two (I eyeball it, really)
    a drizzle of olive oil
    150 g. of belly bacon
    1 onion
    1 c. of diced tomatoes (yes, canned!)
    a sprig of oregano (from the garden)
    salt, to taste
    pepper, to taste
    sugar, to taste

    For the topping:

    1/4 of a 250 g. block of cream cheese
    about 3 tbsps. of milk
    chopped parsley (I used dried)

Instructions

  1. Boil water in a pot (lucky for me, I already had hot water in the kettle so I just poured all of it into the pot). Dump the pasta.

    While the pasta boils, thinly slice the bacon (mine was semi-frozen which made cutting easier). Chop the onion.

    Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the bacon and cook for a minute. Add the chopped onion and continue cooking until the onion bits starts to turn translucent. Pour in the diced tomatoes. Strip the oregano leaves directly into the pan. Season with salt, pepper and a bit of sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. Stir and bring to the boil. Lower the heat to medium but do NOT cover to thicken the sauce FAST. It takes less than 10 minutes.

    spaghetti with bacon and cream cheese topping

    By the time the pasta is done, the sauce should be too. Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. Then, make a very quick but utterly wonderful topping. See, I realized we didn’t have cheese that I could grate over the spaghetti so I improvised. Since Alex adores the creamy cheese topping that I use for my baked mac, I decided I could use something creamy.

    spaghetti with bacon and cream cheese topping

    I cut a quarter from a 250 g. block of cream cheese. Obviously, it was too firm for stirring since it just came out of the fridge. I put the cheese in a small glass mixing bowl and put it in the microwave on high for 20 seconds. Presto! It had softened sufficiently for beating. And beat it, I did. But it was still not pourable. So I added milk, tablespoonful by tablespoonful, until I got the right consistency — almost pourable but still thick enough that most of the mixture had to be scraped off the sides of the mixing bowl. For panache, some dried parsley. And on top of the spaghetti went the cream cheese sauce.

Quick Notes

Alex’s verdict? Telling stories between mouthfuls, after finishing a bowl of pasta, she said she was so full she felt she was going to burst. Of course, she only ate half of what I cooked because I cooked enough for two persons. She later stored the remaining half in the fridge and I’ll just have to make that super easy cream cheese sauce again to go with it. Which will probably in a little while when she wakes up.

Cooking time (duration): 15 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 2

Meal type: lunch

  • http://www.pinkmagaline.com Mrs. Kolca

    You gave me an idea of what to cook during the lazy weekends. Haha. Thanks for this.

    • Connie

      I wish all dishes cook in 15 minutes and still look and taste like it took half a day to prepare them. :razz:

  • Leah Marie

    Hi Ms. Connie,
    You didnt use any tomato sauce? How come it appears saucy? Looks sooo yummy.

    • Connie

      Canned diced tomatoes come with its own sauce.

  • http://www.snapeat.blogspot.com ing

    hello miss coney…
    can i just ask kung pwede ako gumamit ng cream cheese spread instead of the block cream cheese? hindi ko mahanap dito yung block. what i see at the grocery are the spreadable kind of cream cheese.
    tnx miss coney.
    :)

    • Connie

      That will probably work. And you may not need to add milk at all.

  • becky

    ms connie, what easy dishes can you suggest that is soupy and has veggies?
    i’m tryin to sneak veggies into my bf’s diet. i tried one of your tilapia recipes and it’s easy, delicious and quite healthy :)

    • Connie

      Why not browse the “superb soup” archive? :)

  • http://foodjournalofhershey.wordpress.com Hershey

    new layout again! presko sa mata :D

    • Connie

      Got rid of one sidebar so I can use larger photos. :)

  • http://joyjoycreativeoutlet.blogspot.com Joy

    That looks great. It is like mixing spaghetti sauce and alfredo together.

  • oj88

    Your daughter is VERY lucky to have a mom like you. :)

    • Connie

      Thank you. Cooking for them is one way to show how special they are to me. :)

      • Nikita

        Pwedeng magpaampon? But seriously, I know how Sam and Alex feel because you and Mom have so much in common, i.e., you can whip up something in a flash that seems would have taken a whole day for other mortals. Sayang lang di ako nagmana sa Mommy…

        • Connie

          Nikita, nami-miss ko fruit cake ng mommy mo. The best fruit cake.

  • Mommy S

    Which brand of belly bacon did you use for this recipe?

    Btw, I also like your new lay-out. It has more crisp, cleaner and homey feel. Makes me want to cook and taste the recipes posted asap.:)

    • Connie

      Mekeni.

  • Jihane

    I made this about 30 minutes ago, and it was DELICIOUS. i added garlic salt to the cream cheese, and basil to the sauce, and it was so good! I found my new go to meal. :)

  • mel

    hi miss connie! im in a hard quest for cream cheese blocks. i wanted to use them for frosting my cupcakes. can you share where you bought yours? THANKS A LOT! :)

    • Connie

      In the supermarket. I use the word “block” to distinguish from the cream cheese spread in jars.

      • blackyellowsad

        Hi,

        I’m a vegetarian and I was wondering if there’s any substitute for the bacon? Thanks and more power!

        • Connie

          You said vegetarian not vegan so I’ll presume you eat seafood. Small pieces of fish or shrimps are great with pasta.

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  • rodelyn

    hi miss connie,
    im on quest – kung anu talaga ang cream cheese. can u please cite mga brands in the philippines? can cheese whiz be a sample? salamat po.

    learning much from you po…

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      I can’t do your homework for you. :)